Welcome to the Chair of Signal Processing
and the Munich Center for Space Communications


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Knopp, MBA
Bundeswehr University Munich
Chair of Signal Processing (EIT3.2)
Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
D-85579 Neubiberg





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Research Award for Outstanding Dissertation:

After successful defense of his Ph.D. thesis about MIMO Satellite Communications, Robert Schwarz received the University’s prestigious annual “Research Award for Outstanding Dissertations” on October 25th, 2019. This award has been sponsored by the University’s “Circle of Friends and Patrons” to encourage and reward excellent scientific contributions to the field of engineering. The awards ceremony took place during the annual “Dies Academicus” celebration of the Bundeswehr University Munich. Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Kern, Vice President of Research Activities, highlighted in her laudatory speech the perfect match between challenging theory and practical usability of Robert’s scientific contribution. The main idea of his approach is to combine multiple spatially distributed ground and satellite antennas by forming a virtual multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system. This way, the throughput of future satellite systems can be increased while maintaining the system cost level. This means that the costs per bit transmitted can be dramatically reduced. “I am very proud especially because we belong to the first researchers in the world who proposed the application of the MIMO technology to fixed satellite networks. Having started in 2008, we went through all steps from fundamental research to validation, field trials and practical demonstrations. With the foundation of the University’s spin-off company NEOSAT in 2018, we will now bring our innovation to maturity. The next generation of Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTSs) will for sure be MIMO satellites”, Robert commented the great success story about the research on “MIMO over Satellite” at the Bundeswehr University Munich.

Robert Schwarz promoted to “Dr.-Ing.”

Ph.D. candidate Robert Schwarz has successfully defended his pioneering dissertation on MIMO Satellite Communications Concepts. With an excellent presentation and a rigorous exam he convinced the jury of his talent and ability to conduct meaningful and professional research. The jury, which was formed of Prof. Berthold Lankl (chairman) and the examiners Prof. Angeles Vazquez-Castro (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) and Prof. Andreas Knopp, awarded the Dr.-Ing. degree with the best possible rating “summa cum laude” (with distinction). Congratulations to Dr. Schwarz, well done!

5G World Forum – Satellite Technology for the 5G Era

On October 1-2, the IEEE Future Networks Initiative hosted its second 5G World Forum (5GWF) conference in Dresden, Germany. Being the flagship conference of IEEE’s society-overarching initiative on the next generation of mobile communication networks, the 5GWF is among the most important venues to present core technologies and cutting-edge results. For the first time, the event hosted a dedicated workshop on satellite and non-terrestrial networks for 5G. bringing together researchers and practitioners of both ecosystems, the satellite community and the terrestrial mobile network community. This workshop has been organized and led by Prof. Andreas Knopp as its General Chair, and by Dr. Siegbert Martin (CTO of Backnang based TESAT Spacecom GmbH) as well as Dr. Marc Hofmann (program manager for 5G activities in the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Space Administration) as the program co-chairs. With 14 scientific paper presentations, an industry panel discussion, and two major demo cases, the workshop gained enormous interest in both of the addressed communities. Especially the panel, which was organized and vividly moderated by Dr. Marc Hofmann, shed light on different views on the roles and potential contributions of satellite in a 5G ecosystem. Since the panelist came from terrestrial network supplier Ericsson, the satellite MNO SES, the European Space Agency, and the satellite ground equipment supplier Newtec, heterogeneous views on the pros and cons of satellite were lively discussed.

The demo cases performed by our research center covered two important aspects and use cases for satellite in 5G. The first use case, which has been developed and presented by research associate Florian Völk, showed major results of the ESA funded prototyping study SATIS 5. In particular, a mobile 5G edge node (see foto) was set up to present various features where satellite can contribute to the success of 5G for ubiquitous service to everybody. The second use case, which has been developed and presented by Prof. Christian Hofmann, was dedicated to machine-type communications and sensor data transmission in an agricultural context. The demo showed a miniaturized satellite antenna to uplink narrowband sensor information to GEO satellites, relaying this information into a smart farming network. For that purpose, the sensor was equipped with a proprietary waveform developed at our institute that shows unique power efficiency and robustness features for very tight link budgets.

Altogether, the event was extremely valuable and successful to demonstrate and discuss the enormous societal impact that satellite technologies can make when integrated into an upcoming 5G ecosystem. In this context, we were again able to demonstrate and stress our ambition to be among the pioneering institutions for satellite communications technology worldwide.

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