Project summary

Project goals

The MAVERIC project is a collaborative research project, funded by the BMWK. The goal of the project is to intelligently combine 5G campus networks with edge computing to improve the efficiency of the ship building process.

Ship building comes with a number of challenges that are unique. E.g. the environment is harsh, with a lot of metal, which is particularly challenging for radio networks. The ship itself is changing constantly while the build progresses. Also the connection of the radio access network to the internet has its challenges, because while the ship is being built, it already moves around. That means the backhaul connection to the internet changes, too. That means different connections over time are possible, ranging from fibre optic cable, the public 5G network to no connection to the internet at all.

Despite all of this, the applications that people on board are using should just seamlessly work. To compensate for variations in quality of service and even the disconnection from the internet, edge computing mechanisms are being developed. Ideally, the user will not experience any performance degredations and can benefit from the high bandwidths, that the 5G technology offers.

All of this is quite complex for an industrial enterprise, in particular since the environment is so dynamic. Therefore, we will develop systems to assess and monitor the system state. Also, examplary use cases will be developed as prototypes to demonstrate the advanced capabilities of that system.

You can find more information on the MAVERIC project on the official project website.

Rolf Winter
Rolf Winter
Professor of Computer Networks

My research interests include everything about networks starting at L2.