Research in LOEWE Research Cluster NICER

The overarching goal of LOEWE NICER is the exploration of fundamental aspects of emergency communications. In particular, NICER is structured to investigate communication islands, communication bridges, as well as a usable overall network for emergency communication. Reaching these goals requires collaboration among all involved partners. Dedicated working groups bring together the diverse expertise of all partners. Additionally, NICER is arranged in three areas for project organization and thematic clustering.

Area A – Cyber-physical Auxiliary Systems

Area A covers the interaction with the environment. Specifically, the focus is on sensor data acquisition and processing, as well as direct interaction with the environment using actuators and rescue robotics. There is a fluent transition to Area B in the area of discovery of communication capabilities.

Area B – Communication Network

Area B explores the foundations of communications (i.e., communication technology, mechanisms, and networks) in disaster scenarios. The communication requirement analysis for cyber-physical auxiliary systems creates a fluent transition to Area A. Main topics of interest are delay-tolerant mechanisms for communication bridges, scalability within islands, and message prioritization. Involvement of Area C is required in the Overall Network working group and for interfacing with services and applications.

Area C – Services and Applications

Area C covers applications, services, and safety aspects. This includes, for example, basic communication services during disaster situations, as well as their distribution such that they can function equally in both, islands and the overall network. Area B is involved on the level of the overall network, which is established based on communication islands and bridges.

Working Groups and Emergency Response Lab

Orthogonal to the three areas, working groups explore cross-cutting aspects. The Islands working group focuses on aspects in the context of local and situated networks, i.e., fully connected network partitions. The Bridges working group explores how islands can be connected to form the overall network. The latter is studied by the Overall Network working group with a special emphasis on services and applications. Overcoming the heterogeneity of services and communication technologies is considered by all working groups. The individual projects contribute to the working groups to give holistic answers to fundamental questions posed in NICER. Finally, all projects are involved in the development of demonstrators in the newly established NICER Emergency Response Lab.



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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hollick

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