Thomas MagedanzDirector, NGNI Software Based Networks at Fraunhofer FOKUS
Prof. Magedanz is an outstanding German computer sciences and telecommunications expert placing a strong emphasis on applied research in the field of software-based converging network and service platforms in order to link academia and industry around the globe. For more than 30 years Prof. Magedanz has been famous around the globe for the “demo or die” motto in R&D as he is implementing emerging global ICT standards by means of high performant software toolkits in order to validate the standard's functionalities and performance which typically lead to useful extensions of these standards and to high performant product developments in the context of 3G, 4G, and the emerging 5G communication systems.
Prof. Magedanz and his team are working closely with major international tier one network operators around the globe (including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefonica, PT Innovacao, Orange, BT, NTT, Saudi Telecom Company, Telkom Indonesia, Telkom South Africa, Entel S.A., etc.) as well as with leading equipment manufacturers (such as Qualcomm, Intel, NSN, Ericsson, Samsung, Huawei, etc.) who make use of the aforementioned toolkits and testbeds to prototype innovative applications as well as testing interoperability and developing network migration scenarios.
His current focal point of R&D is Edge Computing and Network Slicing representing key concepts within the Industrial IoT and 5G domains.
Based on his software toolkits and open testbeds he is globally conducting recognized education courses for master, diploma and PhD students in the field of information technologies, converging fixed and mobile telecommunications, and the Internet. In this context he initiated and managed numerous national and international R&D projects centered around the rapid creation of ubiquitous communications, multimedia and machine-to-machine applications on top of fixed and mobile next generation networks. The prototyping of state-of-the-art service delivery platforms enabled by the newest advances in information and communication technologies is the main focus of his research resulting in the development of numerous – partially open source – software toolkits for building advanced technology testbeds for both academia and industry.