Research

Networked and autonomous systems: Wireless, drones, sync & co

Interconnected devices and the emergence of autonomous cyber-physical systems are increasingly shaping the way we live and work. It is this rapid technological-societal change that drives the work of Bettstetter and his team. Their vision is to shift the frontiers of digital technologies with high-risk high-gain engineering science and to solve real-world problems for the benefit of humanity.

Research encompasses the design, modeling, and analysis of novel techniques for wireless communications, networking, and networked control with application to mobile telecommunications (5G), industrial sensor networks, mobile robotics, and autonomous transport.

Expertise includes stochastic modeling and analysis, distributed algorithms and protocols, network simulation and performance analysis, protocol engineering, prototyping on programmable hardware, and wireless measurements. Principles of self-organization from nature are applied to technical systems. The project portfolio spans from basic concepts and theory to experimental work with industrial partners.

Current activities focus on interference in wireless systems, network synchronization, reliability of sensor networks in industrial environments, design and experimental evaluation of autonomous and/or networked drones, and optimization of autonomous transport systems. The group is part of a doctoral school on networked autonomous aerial vehicles and an interdisciplinary cluster on self-organizing systems.

Highlights

Interference dynamics in wireless networks

Interference dynamics in wireless networks


Self-organizing synchronization

Self-organizing synchronization


Cooperative relaying in wireless networks

Cooperative relaying in wireless networks


Communications & coordination of drones

Communications & path planning of drones


Coordinated multi-robot exploration

Coordinated multi-robot exploration


Mobility modeling and node distributions

Mobility modeling and node distributions


Connectivity in ad hoc networks

Connectivity in ad hoc networks


Turbo decoding with tailbiting codes

Turbo decoding with tailbiting codes



Infrastructure

The laboratory infrastructure includes a high-end communications and signal processing lab, mobile robotics and drones lab, programmable radio lab, and sensor networks lab.

Offices are located in the Lakeside Science & Technology Park with access to various facilities, such as a forthcoming 5G playground and a fablab.

Grants and contracts

The third-party funding acquired by Bettstetter at the University of Klagenfurt has been about € 5 Million within ten years. A list of all grants and contracts is available.

Selected projects

Schools and programs

Collaboration partners (past and present)

Industry

  • Airbus
  • BMW Group
  • DOCOMO Euro-Labs
  • NEC Laboratories Europe
  • Orange Labs (France Télécom R&D)
  • SKIDATA
  • T-Mobile Austria

Academia