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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomas Magedanz

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Prof. Magedanz is an outstanding computer sciences and telecommunications expert placing a strong emphasis on applied research in order to link academia and industry within an emerging software-based global networking and services market.


For more than 25 years Prof. Magedanz has been performing pioneering research and conducting globally recognized education courses for master, diploma and PhD students in the field of converging fixed and mobile telecommunications, the Internet and information technologies. In this context he initiated and managed numerous national and international R&D projects centered around the rapid creation of ubiquitous communications, multimedia and machine-to-machine applications on top of fixed and mobile next generation networks. The prototyping of state-of-the-art service delivery platforms enabled by the newest advances in information and communication technologies is the main focus of his research resulting in the development of numerous software toolkits for building advanced technology testbeds for both academia and industry.


He received his diploma and PhD in computer sciences from the Technical University Berlin, Germany, in 1988 and 1993, respectively. In 2000 he finished his “habilitation” for Applied Computer Sciences at Technical University Berlin. In 1989, as the first research associate, he joined the Department for Open Communication Systems (OKS) of the Technical University Berlin and helped to set up the chair. After his PhD he became assistant professor and continued his education and research activities with a strong focus on distributed computing and telecommunications.


Besides his employment as university lecturer and researcher he has been involved in several international strategic studies and research projects related to Intelligent Networks, Telecommunications Management Systems, Personal/Mobile Communications, TINA/Next Generation IN, and Mobile Agents/Mobile Middleware within Deutsche Telekom AG, EURESCOM and the European RACE/ACTS/IST research programs. From 1996-1998 he chaired the "Intelligent Communication Environments" research department at the GMD Research Center (now being part of Fraunhofer) for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) where he was responsible for several projects related to the evolution of service delivery platforms in face of most recent IT, namely IN, TINA, CORBA, J2EE, Intelligent/Mobile Agents. In those days he led the development of the globally recognized Grasshopper Mobile Agent Platform. From 1998-2002 he worked as R&D coordinator for the IKV++ Technologies AG, a spin-off company of GMD FOKUS that provided consultancy services and developed advanced telecommunication middleware and service products.


In 2004 Thomas Magedanz was called as full university professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Cciences Faculty at the Technical University Berlin, Germany, leading the new Chair for Next Generation Networks (called Architekturen der Vermittlungsknoten - AV - in German), sponsored by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft where he is concentrating on the education of master and PhD students, conducting special lectures and project courses in the field of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based service delivery platforms for converged media and communications services on top of next generation networks and the Future Internet.


In addition, since 2003 he acts as Head of the “Next Generation Network Infrastructures” Competence Center at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, providing various technology testbeds and enabling software toolkits in the context of Next Generation Networks and Open Converged Service Delivery Environments. The most popular ones include the Open IMS Playground (established in 2004)based on the Open Source IMS Core System as well as the Future Seamless Communications (FUSECO) Playground (2010) and the Open 5G Playground (2014).


A major research aspect has always been the evolution of information technologies and their impact on the evolving communication technologies. So in 2007 he established the Open SOA Telco Playground for studying and evaluating different approaches for rapid Web2.0/SOA-based service programming on top of the IMS Playground, namely on top NGNs and legacy circuit switched telecom networks.


In 2013 all these activities led to the establishment of the Smart Communications Playground that enabled the rapid and seamless creation and provision of Smart City Applications, facilitated by a set of generic human-to-human and machine-to-machine communication APIs and SDKs making strong use of emerging HTML5, WebRTC and cloud-based service delivery platforms.


In the spring of 2010 Prof. Magedanz founded the Future Seamless Communication (FUSECO) Playground based on the FOKUS Open Evolved Packet Core (OpenEPC) software toolkit with the purpose of enabling applied research on IP core network evolution and seamless mobility support in emerging multi-access wireless network environments. In 2011 Prof. Magedanz expanded, with his team, into the machine-to-machine (M2M) communications domain by developing the Open Machine Type Communications (OpenMTC) software toolkit that represents a reference implementation of the international ETSI M2M and OneM2M standards.


With the increasing impact of cloud technologies in the telecommunication landscape and the rising notion of Software Defined Networks (SDNs) and new network realization concepts like Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), the OpenSDNCore was developed in 2013 enabling the dynamic deployment and scalable operation of IMS and EPC platforms such as the OpenIMS and OpenEPC toolkits as well as other virtual functions in distributed data center environments. In 2015, in regard to the growing importance of the ETSI NFV ISG, Prof. Magedanz and his team released the Open Baton software toolkit, an open source implementation of the ETSI MANO Orchestrator.


With the clear understanding of the importance of network softwarization and the role of SDN/NFV/MEC principles and technologies for the standardization of emerging multi-slice 5G network and service platforms, Prof. Magedanz and his team have been integrating (since 2015) all the above-mentioned OpenXXX toolkits into the 5G Playground. However, OpenEPC, which was transfered to the Fraunhofer FOKUS spin-off company Core Network Dynamics in September 2013, was replaced by the new Open5GCore software toolkit in 2014.
Open5GCore represents a highly performant, low-latency, high-bandwidth, dynamic and efficient SDN-based distributed core network platform targeting, to a large extend, industrial Internet, Industry 4.0 and professional IoT applications. Therefore, Open5GCore marks a new cornerstone for enabling applied research and early prototyping of new network designs, protocols, algorithms as well as innovative professional applications. In 2015, together with colleagues from Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Prof. Magedanz created the Fraunhofer 5G Berlin Testbed, in which the 5G Playground is integrated with other 5G testbed parts. 


Prof. Magedanz has always contributed to the national and international Future Internet research community. He led the German GLab DEEP Project focussing on secure cross-layer network service composition and in 2007 joined the European FIRE (Future Internet Research & Experimentation expert group in which he is actively promoting the federation of NGN and Future Internet research testbeds. In this context he was and still is very active in several FIRE projects such as Openlabs, BonFIRE, Fed4FIRE, TRESCIMO, SoftFIRE, etc. Furthermore, he and his team are very active within the more industry-targeted Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) Program in which the developed OpenXXX toolkits are used as enabling technologies within the FI-PPP flagship projects FIWARE, XIFI, and FI-STAR. In all of these above-mentioned initiatives Prof. Magedanz is actively prototyping future ICT platforms for Smart City and IoT applications.


In this network evolution context Prof. Magedanz and his team are working closely with major international network operators around the globe (including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefonica, PT Innovacao, Orange, BT, NTT, Saudi Telecom Company, Telkom Indonesia, Telkom South Africa, Entel S.A., etc) as well as with equipment manufacturers (such as Qualcomm, Intel, NSN, Ericsson, Samsung, Huawei, etc.) who make use of the aforementioned toolkits and testbeds to prototype innovative applications and test interoperability and network migration scenarios.


Since 2005 Prof. Magedanz is organizing the famous IMS Workshop series that was renamed in 2010 as FUSECO Forum, bringing together every year 200-300 international experts from more than 30 nations. Since 2009 he is organizing the international IEEE Workshop Series on Open NGN and IMS Testbeds - ONIT and also chairing the German KUVS Expert Talk series on Next Generation Service Delivery Platforms.


In 2016, based on all these resources and the related knowhow, Prof. Magedanz initiated the new "Test-Bed and Field Trial Working Group on SDN-NFV-5G“ within the IEEE SDN initiative.


Prof. Magedanz also aims for global academic networking. In this context since 2006 Prof. Magedanz is acting as Extraordinary Professor for Next Generation Networks and Services at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From 2007-2009 he was also Visiting Professor to the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computing at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. Since October 2012 he is also acting as Visiting Professor at the Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica (DIE) at the Universidad de Chile. In 2012 he started a DAAD project Unified Future Internet Testbeds thatis aiming to harmonize education and research infrastructures (i.e., testbeds) and corresponding lectures across the Technical University Berlin and four partner universities in the southern hemisphere, namely Universidad de Chile, University of Cape Town, Hanoi University for Technology and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

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Chair for Next Generation Networks
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Technische Universität Berlin
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Department Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS
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