Nov. 5–6, 2015 – Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr-Ing. Christian Wietfeld

TU Dortmund University, Communication Networks Institute (CNI)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wietfeld received his diploma degree and PhD from RWTH Aachen in 1992 and 1997 respectively. After holding various positions in industry (Siemens, 1997-2005), he joined TU Dortmund University in 2005 as a full professor and head of the Communication Networks Institute. He has initiated numerous research projects on the design and performance evaluation of future communication networks and leads a mainly third-party funded (DFG, EU, BMBF, BMWi) team of currently 16 full-time researchers. Prof. Wietfeld’s research has been published in around 175 peer-reviewed publications. He has received 8 Best Paper awards and an “Outstanding Contribution Award” of ITU-T. He is a senior member of the IEEE, an editor for the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies and head of the committee on “Communication Networks and Systems” in the German sister organization of IEEE, ITG. In 2010, he co-founded the international GLOBECOM Workshop on wireless networking of autonomous vehicles (Wi-UAV). He holds several patents and is co-founder of the start-up comnovo.


The BERCOM Project - Blueprint for Pan-European Resilient Critical Infrastructures based on evolved LTE COMmunications

The talk presents the BERCOM project, which addresses the pressing issue for any critical infrastructure: energy supply and communication capabilities need to be resilient, even under special circumstances. BERCOM targets as a reference scenario a step-wise escalating attack on the critical infrastructure power system, in which the interdependencies between power and communication system are analyzed and interdisciplinary mitigation strategies are developed. A key component of the resilient critical infrastructure is a specifically hardened wireless evolved LTE-based communication infrastructure to be developed in BERCOM. The BERCOM project (09/2015-08/2018) is carried out by a well-balanced French-German-consortium representing all elements of the innovation chain from end users, SMEs and industries as well as research. While the critical infrastructure power system will be analyzed in-depth, the BERCOM approach is generic and takes into account also the requirements of other critical infrastructures (transport, water).