A workshop about communication in swarms took place in Klagenfurt in mid-July. Invited speakers and other experts discussed questions at the interface of robotics, distributed systems, and communication technology.
A panel on the next generation of mobile communication systems was held in Klagenfurt. Experts from two network operators, a chip vendor, and research institutions discussed the opportunities and challenges of 5G.
Austria establishes a test field for 5G mobile systems. It can be used by companies and research institutes to advance their prototypes and products. The concept was presented in a press conference at the ministry for transport, innovation, and technology this week.
An interdisciplinary workshop on self-organization and swarm intelligence in cyber physical systems was held at Lakeside Labs this week. Experts presented their work and discussed open issues in this exciting field.
Samira Hayat and I attended re:publica 2017 in Berlin. It was an exciting event not least because Samira gave a very personal talk about drones and their application in disaster response.
The Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems and Lakeside Labs opened their laboratories to the public on March 11. About 120 visitors informed themselves and discussed about ongoing research in the domains of mobile systems, pervasive computing, self-organizing systems, multimedia systems, and smart energy grids.
Autonomously flying robots — also called small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — are more and more exploited in civil and commercial applications for monitoring, surveillance, and disaster response. For some applications, it is beneficial if a team of coordinated UAVs rather than a single UAV is employed. Multiple UAVs can cover a given area faster or take photos from different perspectives at the same time. This emerging technology is still at an early stage and, consequently, profound research and development efforts are needed.
A scientific colloquium in honor of Jörg Eberspächer was held at Technische Universität München on December 7, 2012. Eberspächer founded the Institute of Communication Networks in 1990 and retired as professor emeritus some weeks ago. The responsibilities were handed over to his successor, Wolfgang Kellerer, a PhD graduate of Eberspächer and then senior manager at DOCOMO Euro-Labs. In appreciation of their work, they were both named an honorary member of the institute’s alumni association. About 200 invited guests from academia and industry attended the ceremonial act. Besides a number of addresses given by the university president, Wolfgang A. Herrmann, the dean, Markus-Christian Amann, and former colleagues, the program included six invited keynote talks. Adam Wolisz (Berlin, Berkeley) talked about new, innovative business models for mobile communications. Christian Bettstetter (Klagenfurt) gave an introduction to autonomous networked microdrones, and Andreas Kirstädter (Stuttgart) talked about “the network for the cloud.” Hartmut Raffler (formely Siemens) and Heinrich Arnold (Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs) both gave an industry perspective on technological and social trends in communication networks. Hans-Joachim Grallert (Fraunhofer HHI) …
The Austrian federal minister for science and research, Karlheinz Töchterle, visited Lakeside Labs in Klagenfurt. He and his delegation received an overview of research activities and a short demonstration of aerial robots. A press conference concluded the meeting. Professor Töchterle also participated in a plenary discussion in the afternoon and gave a talk titled “Mass university versus excellence in science: a dilemma in Austria’s university politics” at the Federation of Austrian Industries in the evening.
Computers processors have been leaving offices and become more and more embedded into everyday objects. Enhanced with sensors and networked via wireless connections, these computerized objects allow new fields of application, such as smart homes and remote health monitoring. The IEEE/ICE Summer School on Networked Embedded Systems features research-oriented lectures on selected topics in this emerging area. Being part of the Erasmus Mundus PhD program Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE), it takes place in Klagenfurt from September 3-7 and is open to the public upon registration. Speakers include, among others, Ian F. Akyildiz (Georgia Tech) on nano networks, Andrea Cavallaro (QMUL) on camera networks, Carlo Regazzoni (Genova) on data fusion, and Kay Römer (Lübeck) on sensor networks. A dinner talk is given by Infineon Austria CTO Reinhard Petschacher. The event is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE. The social event includes a hiking tour. (Photos by W. Schriebl, University of Klagenfurt) Download slides: