Prof. Thomas Magedanz appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Chile
News from Nov. 27, 2012
Prof. Thomas Magedanz has taken up his visiting professorship at the Faculty of “Physical and Mathematical Sciences” of the University of Chile in Santiago de Chile with a three-day series of lectures on the topic “Next Generation Network (NGN) to Future Internet (FI) Evolution – The role of SDPs, EPC, IMS, MTC for Smart City Communication Needs” on November 20, 2012. The lecture series was aimed at graduate students in Masters and PhD programs and, for the time being, will be continued annually until 2015. The Faculty has been existing since the University was founded in 1842. Today, 4500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students study at this institution. At the Faculty of “Physical and Mathematical Sciences” alone, more than 60 laboratories are available for purposes of research and teaching. In these labs, teaching staff and students work closely together with Chilean telecommunications service providers.
Chile is an interesting partner country for German telecommunications as well as information and communication technology (I&C) research, as it has a small but very competitive telecommunications, entertainment and I&C market. Companies have a great interest in testing new technologies and introducing them in their own country, as well as in the large neighboring countries Brasil and Colombia. In order to further strengthen the partnership between Germany and Chile, and to expand it to other research fields and Latin American countries, Fraunhofer FOKUS has, like other research institutions, recently opened an Innovation Office in Santiago de Chile.
Technologies for a „Next Generation Network“ and „Future Internet“ enable a seamless communication between stationary and mobile devices and thus play a significant role in the development of an innovative and adaptive telecommunications infrastructure for newly emerging Smart City applications. For example, the researchers want to implement a „Smart Campus“ at the University of Chile with the help of toolkits from the Competence Center NGNI.
Aside from his visiting professorship at the University of Chile, Prof. Magedanz has also been holding a visiting professorship at the University of Cape Town in South Africa since 2007.