Technische Universität Dresden
Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fettweis
Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as an ‘University of Excellence’. TUD has about 37.000 students and almost 4.400 employees, 520 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. TU Dresden is strong in research, offering first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range.
The university emphasizes interdisciplinary cooperation, and encourages its students to participate early on in both teaching and research. More specifically: interdisciplinary cooperation among various fields is a strength of the TUD, whose researchers also benefit from collaborations with the region's numerous science institutions - including Fraunhofer institutes and Max Planck institutes. In recognition of the TUD’s emphasis on applications in both teaching and research, leading companies have honoured the university with currently fourteen endowed chairs. The TUD prides itself for its international flavour and has partnerships with more than 70 universities worldwide. Furthermore, TUD is the only university in East Germany which has been granted a graduate school and a cluster of excellence in Germany’s excellence initiative.
The Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems (TUD-MCS) was founded in September 1994 by an endowment of the Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany. In the last 20 years more than 60 Ph.D. graduated successfully at the chair. During this time chair members published more than 700 research papers and filed more than 85 patent applications. The current focus of the chair lies on the physical layer systems research, with a special emphasis on wireless radio network problems (capacity and resource efficiency), wireless modems (mobile terminals and base stations), and IC implementation architectures. Of particular interest are problems and solutions that are found in a trade-off between these focus areas. The chair team, led by Prof. Gerhard P. Fettweis, is currently coordinating two sophisticated and international recognised initiatives: Cluster of Excellence (CoE) “center for Advancing Electronics Dresden” (cfAED) and the 5G Lab Germany.
Currently, more than 30 Ph.D. students work at the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems. They are involved in teaching as well as project work. One main area of expertise is signal processing concepts and algorithms for next generation wireless systems.