The field of telecommunications offers an attractive content-based portfolio for teaching and research and will consistently enhance this in the coming years. By focusing on the key areas of energy-efficient telecommunications, sensor networks and cooperative systems, students of Electrical Engineering And Information Technology are also fully prepared for professional challenges after completing their studies. The expansion of existing cooperations as part of the research focus on “Information and Communication Technology” is of paramount importance to TU Wien and to Vienna’s Research Centre for Telecommunications (FTW) as part of the COMET programme, as is the development of new corporations within the scope of TU Wien's “Energy and Environment” research focus.
Telecommunications is a central element of our society’s infrastructure. The trend towards greater bandwidth and unrestricted mobility continues to progress at full speed. Societal development will accelerate the rapid integration of telecommunications in a variety of areas in work and life, the key ones being mobility, entertainment, energy supply, health and management.
Telecommunications and wireless technology make a key contribution to increasing mobility and avoiding road traffic accidents. In view of the anticipated increase in road traffic, traffic needs to become cleaner, safer and more efficient through cooperative systems. In the field of entertainment, electronic games continue to increase in popularity. Conversation and interactive real-time media, such as video-conference systems with high image quality, video phones and real-time computer games are particularly in demand and also place the highest demand on networks, thus posing major challenges regarding their future design. Telecommunications offers the potential to increase efficiency in the energy sector. There are significant reserves throughout the electricity supply value chain. Playing a key role in this respect are digitally networked metering and measuring systems, used to balance power generation with consumption. The near-complete digitalization and electronic storage of all data raises the question of the longevity of this data: how can we ensure that key data remains accessible and error-free in the long term? This is a question posed in many areas of management. There are three dominant elements in this sphere: security, accessibility and absence of error. Telecommunications is increasingly being used in the following three areas of application in the healthcare sector: in direct medical application, in prevention and in administration. The telecommunications sector seeks to anticipate these challenges and research and develop theoretical and technological solutions for them.