Thomas MagedanzUniversity Professor / Dr. at TU Berlin / Fraunhofer FOKUS
Thomas Magedanz (PhD) has been professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks (www.av.tu-berlin.de) since 2004. In addition, since 2003 he has been Director of the Business Unit Software-based Networks (NGNI) at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS (www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/go/ngni) in Berlin. Recently, he also joined the advisory board of Uniberg Group AG in Germany in February 2023.
For 35 years Prof. Magedanz has been a globally recognized ICT expert, working in the convergence field of telecommunications, Internet and information technologies understanding both the technology domains and the international market demands. He often acts as an independent technology consultant for international ICT companies. In the course of his applied research and development activities he created many internationally recognized prototype implementations of global telecommunications standards that provide the foundations for the efficient development of various open technology testbeds around the globe. His interest is in software-based 5G networks for different verticals, with a strong focus on public and non-public campus networks. The Fraunhofer 5G Playground (www.5G-Playground.org) represents, in this regard, the world´s most advanced Open 5G testbed which is based on the Open5GCore software toolkit (www.open5Gcore.org), representing the first reference implementation of the 3GPP 5G standalone architecture, which is currently also used by more than 110 international customers for testing against different RAN equipment in different use cases. For several years, he is actively supporting the development of open 5G campus networks based on the Open5GCore considering emerging campus networks as the prime spot for 5G innovation and starting point for the evolution towards 6G. Since 2022 he is coordinating the national BMWK flagship project CampusOS (www.Campus-OS.io) which aims to build an ecosystem for emerging open campus networks. In addition he acts as senior principal investigator for 6G core architectures within the two German 6G Hubs, namely Open6GHub and 6G-RIC.
His current research is targeting the 5G evolution towards 6G, including Core-RAN integration (including OpenRAN integration), integration of Satellite/Non-terrestrial Networks and 5G/6G, as well as AI/ML based 5G/6G automated network control and management, in which he is designing a new organic 6G core network. For the most recent research activities see also www.6G-ready.org