TU Dresden

IRL Dresden

The IRL Dresden is located at the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems at Technischen Universität Dresden.. The Chair was founded in 1994 and since then research focuses on development of communication systems and algorithms as well as the hardware-specific implementation on semi-conductors. In this area, the chair is one of the world-leading research institutes.

Regarding the development of radio technologies for industrial applications, the chair recently participated in various publicly-funded collaborative research projects (e.g., BZKI, fast wireless, fast realtime, fast robotics, fast automation, VERITAS, ORCA, TACNET 4.0 or CeTI). This way and through collaboration with partners from industry, deep experience could be gained and strong expertise with respect to wireless communication for industry 4.0 was developed. This successful history is aimed to be continued jointly with the other IRLs as well as in collaboration with SMEs, start-ups, and industry.

The foundations for industrial campus networks and local frequency bands were laid between 2015 and 2017 in the context of the BMBF-funded secondary research project BZKI together with the other IRLs and the VDE-DKE.

Furthermore, the 5G Lab Germany, which was founded in 2014 by the Vodafone Chair, provides important contributions to 5G development as well as to the Tactile Internet and its applications in German industry. Additionally, the Barkhausen Institut, which was also founded by the Chair in 2017, conducts research on availability, integrity, and privacy for IoT systems. The IRL Dresden closely collaborates with these two institutions.

Our holistic approach ranges from fundamental research to the application of results in industry and is reflected by a multitude of publications, patents, and successful spin-offs, resulting from the chair’s research activities.

Moreover, the research at the IRL Dresden and its applications is closely coordinated with the micro-electronics and the ICT sector, thanks to the fact that Dresden is located in the center of the so-called “Silicon Saxony”, which constitues the largest micro-electronics and ICT site in Europe and number five world-wide. Therefore, every third chip produced in Europe has the label “Made in Saxony”.


The IRL Dresden focuses on the following research topics:

  • Localization of interference and better resilience through real-time measurements of time-variant channels and spectrum sensing
  • New industrial radio air interface
  • Agile spectrum spreading techniques
  • Communications-control co-design (CoCoCo)
  • Techniques to optimize robust communications
  • IoT cross-layer design
  • Applications as well as radio and cloud technologies for the Tactile Internet


The IRL Dresden studies the following topics in particular:
  • Resilient industrial campus networks
  • Real time spectrum sensing & interference monitoring
  • Jamming detection & mitigation
  • Communication control co-design
  • Industrial radio interface design for URLLC
  • IoT cross-layer design
  • Tactile Internet applications and technologies
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The IRL Bremen covers the aspects:
  • Interconnection of satellite and terrestrial communications systems
  • Artificial intelligence in communications systems
  • Co-design of communication and control
  • Spectrum monitoring mechanisms
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At the IRL Kaiserslautern, the focus lies on:
  • Resilient systems
  • Coexistence management
  • IT and network security
  • Verification and certification
  • Dependability
  • 5G campus networks
  • Industrial radio intelligence
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The following topics are investigated at the IRL Magdeburg:
  • Applications and requirements of water management
  • Wireless solutions for the water industry
  • Protection against active environmental influences
  • Specifications of interference profiles
  • Measures for improving robustness
  • Coexistence management
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