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TU Dresden and the Technical University of Munich have joined forces to form the 6G-life research hub to drive cutting-edge research for future 6G communication networks with a focus on human-machine collaboration. The merger of the two universities of excellence combines their world-leading preliminary work in the field of Tactile Internet in the Cluster of Excellence CeTI, 5G communication networks, quantum communication, Post-Shannon theory, artificial intelligence methods, and adaptive and flexible hardware and software platforms.

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TU Dresden is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence, which have received funding within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments since 1 November 2019.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence. The TUM Clusters of Excellence seek answers to highly topical scientific questions.
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To boost initiatives and research in all areas 6G-life receives funding of 70M EUR is employing 162 Researchers has 162 Researchers and 70M EUR in funding allowing it to further strengthen the digital sovereignty.


Why did we start 6G-life?

6G-life will provide new approaches for sustainability, such as the Post-Shannon theory, to decouple the relationship between data volumes and energy consumption as far as possible. 6G-life will provide new concepts for security (quantum communication, post quantum security and protocols) and for resilience (artificial intelligence methods to control in-network computing, resilience against denial-of-service attacks). Current latencies in communication networks are still too high for critical use cases. 6G-life will provide solutions for this.


6G-life will significantly stimulate industry and the startup landscape in Germany through positive showcase projects and thus sustainably strengthen digital sovereignty in Germany. Test fields for two use cases will drive research and economic stimulation. The goal is to create at least 10 new startups through 6G-life in the first four years and to involve at least 30 startups. 6G-life will significantly contribute to the creation of a skilled workforce. In addition, 6G-life has set itself the task of accompanying the population in the digital transformation and thus making a contribution to society.


Communication network architectures in 6G-life are numerous such as:
  • Cellular networks with Campus and HAP extensions
  • Tactile Internet including Quantum Communication
  • Body Area Networks


6G-life is investigating novel methods for communication networks that are based on:
  • Post Shannon Theory
  • AI for network control and new services
  • Protocol and Codec Design for Human-Machine Collaboration


Communication networks and equipment are nowadays dominated by Software. 6G-life works on:
  • In-network computing and ORAN
  • 6G application in virtual worlds (digital twins and holograms)
  • Low latency and energy compiler and OS design


Novel hardware concepts for future needs and applications will be introduced in 6G-life:
  • New materials for robotics and humans in virtual worlds
  • Joint Sensing and Communication
  • Flexible energy saving

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“Knowledge builds bridges”

TU Dresden is one of the top universities in Germany and Europe: strong in research and considered first-rate with respect to the range and the quality of the study programmes it offers, it is also closely interconnected with culture, business and society.

As a modern comprehensive, multi-discipline university and with its 18 faculties in five schools it has a broad and diverse scientific spectrum that only few other universities in Germany are able to match. The large campus family of the TU Dresden is comprised of 32,400 students and approximately 8,300 employees – among them 600 professors. With 121 degree courses the TU Dresden offers a full range of studies, as a basis for interdisciplinary learning and research.

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“We inspire, promote and develop talents”

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world.

TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings. As a leading entrepreneurial university, we are a site of global knowledge exchange, shaping the future with talent, excellence and responsibility.

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from Wessling near Munich develops LiFi (Light Fidelity) and VLC (Visual Light Communication) technology to change the world of connectivity.


provides an AI-aided software solution that intelligently reduces the staggering amount of data IoT sensors generate, while preserving infomation for cheaper and sustainable connectivity and storage


is a Munich (Germany) based company that provides solutions for wireless video streaming and content distribution.


provides a 5g-Core-as-a-Service powered by an API-centric 5G-Core for private 5G networks, that offers new possibilities to foster automation and digitization by its hyperintegration and microservice concepts.


develops software to reduce the energy consumption of computation, transportation and storage of data. This breakthrough is enabled by novel hardware platforms and rethinking of fundamental information theoretic principles.


develops a cloud-based software platform for Human-in-the-Loop Computing. The goal is to understand and anticipate movements of human beings.


creates ultra-reliable communication systems for hard real-time industrial applications through advanced MAC algorithms.

HandsOn Robotics

automates manual activities in industrial processes with the help of robotics and sensor fusion. The initial focus is on the automation of manual activities and processes in the hospitality industry.


provides a no-code development platform for haptic interactions from prototype to production.


creates reliable connectivity solutions for dynamic industrial applications, based on wireless mesh networks.


designs a technology that helps to interact with millions of devices without long manuals and trainings. Their product gives an eyesight to machines by analyzing hand movements.

Olive Robotics

develops a novel generation of modular robotic components that can be put together in a plug&play manner.


is a company based in Dresden, which realises and provides software solutions and services in order to employ quantum technologies efficiently and effectively in 5G and 6G verticals and networks.


enables roboticists to develop efficient accelerated robotics applications easily by providing low-code development tools and smartly embedded hardware accelerators.

SpiNNcloud Systems

as a deep-tech spinoff from the Technische Universität Dresden, designs massively parallel, energy-efficient, and real-time systems to empower its customers with the third generation of AI-driven systems.


is a spin–off project of TU Dresden developing a digital assistant for the next generation of personalised and tangible physiotherapy.


from Dresden has set itself the goal to democratize the robotics industry. Thanks to their revolutionary TracePen the use of industrial robots has never been easier.