New research team at TU Dresden wants to advance 6G

Humanity is already in the middle of the digital transformation. Before the 5G mobile communications standard is even established across the board, the TU Dresden is already researching its successor. Together with the Technical University of Munich, she has now started a new, large research center for the 6G mobile communications standard. For the scientists, it’s not just about technology. The focus is also on the fundamental political and social issues that digital change brings with it. The research hub “6G-life” now wants to deal with this comprehensively.

Around 40 professorships at the TU Dresden and the TU Munich are involved. A total of 140 employees are to be hired at both locations. The coordination of the new major project lies with Frank Fitzek, holder of the Deutsche Telekom Professorship for Communication Networks at the TU Dresden. “Humans will always be the source of innovation and will teach machines to complete difficult or repetitive tasks,” said Fitzek at the opening of the research hub.

Technicians and psychologists work together

6G is the basis for these further developments. “We want to show people specific ways in which we can improve our coexistence.”
The change brought about by digital transformation offers society new opportunities, but it also raises questions: How will our children learn in the future? How do we design our work? How do we receive medical care and dignity in old age? In addition to scientists from electrical engineering, information technology, computer science and mechanical engineering, psychologists and medical professionals also participate in 6G-life.

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The project will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Research over the next four years with a total of 70 million euros. It is intended to advance the research and development of mobile communications, quantum communication and methods of artificial intelligence. Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU), together with a research delegation from Singapore, got an initial picture of current developments on the occasion of the project start. Ursula M. Staudinger, Rector of TU Dresden, also sees the new 6G research hub as an important piece of technology research at the university. “The TUD is one of only four locations in Germany. This shows once again how excellently it is positioned in the field of digitization, not only in terms of hardware and software development, but also communication technologies. “

Promote new businesses

At 6G, the focus is on people and their communication and interaction with machines and virtual worlds. The security and resilience of the systems as well as the shortening of the delay in data transmission are research contents of 6G-life. Another focus is on promoting and developing start-ups. Ten million euros are earmarked for their support. At least ten new companies are to be founded over the next four years, and numerous existing start-ups in the field are to be funded.

In Germany and Europe there is growing concern about being too dependent on foreign companies in the field of digital technologies. From a political, economic and social point of view, it is therefore necessary not only to keep pace with the fast-moving digital change, but to actively shape it. 6G-life, so those responsible further, wants to strengthen the digital sovereignty of Germany with the development of key technologies and numerous industrial cooperations.