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.
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.
- Self-organizing synchronization with stochastic coupling (accepted by FWF, 2018–20)
- Self-sufficient UWB-based industrial sensor networks (FFG/KWF, 2018–19)
- Drone communications over cellular networks (T-Mobile, 2017–20)
- Dependable, secure, and time-aware sensor networks (FFG K, 2017–21)
- Reliable wireless sensor networks for aircraft applications (Airbus, 2015–18)
- Adaptive access management for cabin-based transport systems (SKIDATA, 2015–18)
Selection of completed projects
- Dynamics of interference in wireless networks (FWF, 2012–17)
- Robust self-organizing slot synchronization in networked embedded systems (FFG, 2010–2013)
- Cooperative relaying in wireless networks (KWF, 2008–13)
- Collaborative microdrones (KWF, 2008–12)
- Cooperative spatial diversity in ad hoc networks (Orange Labs, 2006–09)
- System architecture, mobility, and modeling of ad hoc networks (DFG, 2000–04)
Schools and programs
- Science Kolleg: Networked autonomous aerial vehicles (2017–20)
- European PhD school: Interactive and cognitive environments (EU EM, 2010–17)
- European network: Middleware for network eccentric and mobile applications (ESF, 2006–09)
Collaboration partners (past and present)
- BMW Group
- DOCOMO Euro-Labs
- NEC Laboratories Europe
- Orange Labs (France Télécom R&D)
- T-Mobile Austria
- João Barros, University of Porto
- Timothy X Brown, Carnegie Mellon University
- Martin Haenggi, University of Notre Dame
- Bernhard Rinner and Hermann Hellwagner, University of Klagenfurt
- Paolo Santi and Giovanni Resta, Institute of Informatics and Telematics, CNR, Pisa
- Marc Timme, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics & Self-Organization, Göttingen
- Stavros Toumpis, Athens UEB
- Friederike Wall, University of Klagenfurt
- Adam Wolisz and Holger Karl, TU Berlin