Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
Andreas Mueller is a Senior Expert and Project Manager within the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany. In his current role, he is coordinating Bosch’s research activities in the area of future industrial connectivity infrastructures and solutions, with a special focus on wireless communications and emerging 5G technologies. This is done in close collaboration with various business units and external partners in order to ensure a high practical relevance.
Prior to joining Bosch, Andreas was a Research Staff Member at the Institute of Telecommunications of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he was contributing to the further development of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution towards LTE-Advanced. Besides, he was working as a Systems Engineer for Rohde & Schwarz, developing a novel software-defined radio based communication system for the German Armed Forces. Andreas holds a German Diploma degree as well as a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) and a M.Sc. degree in Information Technology, all from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
5G Key Technologies for Industry 4.0
The manufacturing industry is currently undergoing a fundamental digital transformation, which is usually referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, or simply Industry 4.0. The main drivers for Industry 4.0 are the ongoing trends towards highly customized products, shorter product life cycles, and more and more fluctuations in demand along with the general targets to reduce costs, improve quality and enhance profitability. Future smart factories will be enabled by so-called cyber-physical production systems, which closely link the real physical world with the virtual cyber world. A prerequisite for all this is a high performance connectivity infrastructure, which can flexibly interconnect all sorts of devices and people. 5G may play a crucial role in this respect thanks to its increased focus on massive and mission-critical machine-type communication.
In this talk, several key technologies of 5G will be discussed, which have the potential to enable and contribute to many key concepts of Industry 4.0. In this regard, the main focus will be on the access network, considering building blocks such as a new radio interface, device-to-device communication, new spectrum usage models, and mobile edge computing. To this end, several relevant use cases and associated requirements will be discussed and some major open challenges will be presented.