• Funding:

    German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

  • Project partner:

    Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH

    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

    Fraunhofer FOKUS

    Fraunhofer IAF

    Fraunhofer SIT

    IHP - Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik

    Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam

    RWTH Aachen

    Technische Universität Berlin

    Technische Universität Darmstadt

    Technische Universität Ilmenau

    Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

    Universität Bremen

    Universität Duisburg-Essen

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

    Universität Stuttgart

  • Start:

    August 2021

  • End:

    July 2025

  • Contact:

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Zwick

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmet Cagri Ulusoy

    Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Nuss

    Dr.-Ing. Akanksha Bhutani

    Dr.-Ing. Mario Pauli

Open6GHub Germany

Reliable and powerful communication networks are of great importance for the increasingly digital economy and society. In the Open6GHub project, 17 partners, including the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), are working on the development and implementation of intelligent communication networks and the next mobile communications generation 6G. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the project with nearly 67 million euros.

In the Open6GHub, the project partners are initially looking at application scenarios in the networked factory, in rural areas and in agriculture. This is because 6G is intended to serve as the infrastructure for future mobile and highly secure applications based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. "At KIT, one of the things we are researching in the project is mobile access points in the terahertz range with direct fiber-optic connectivity, for example for applications in modern manufacturing environments," says KIT project leader Thomas Zwick of the Institute of Radio Frequency Engineering and Electronics (IHE). "In addition, we are setting up our own testbed – i.e., an experimental field – at 26 GHz to be able to investigate the connection of radio communication and sensor technology."

At the same time, the scientists are looking at other THz systems, new software and programming concepts for 6G mobile networks, and the reliability, safety, and exposure of future radio systems. KIT is participating in the Open6GHub with a total of ten research groups and is funded with 12 million euros, of which 4.37 million euros for the IHE.

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Jörg Eisenbeis
In order to be able to investigate the connection between radio communication and sensor technology, scientists at KIT are setting up an experimental field. (Photo: Jörg Eisenbeis)