The chair "Next Generation Networks NGN" (Architektur der Vermittlungsknoten - AV in German) is led by Prof Dr. Thomas Magedanz who also leads the competence center NGNI (Next Generation Network Infrastructures) at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS in Berlin, Germany.
This chair - founded in 2004 and funded by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft - is part of the Institute for Telecommunication Systems within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technische Universität Berlin.
The mission of this chair is to educate Master and PhD students and to perform in face of an emerging global telecommunications and Internet market pioneering and sustainable research in the field of designing and implementing converged media and communication services by means of IT driven Service Delivery Platforms on top emerging converging fixed and mobile legacy networks, Next Generation Networks (NGN), Next Generation Mobile Networks and the emerging Future Internet (FI).
In this regard, the ambition is to provide a clear understanding of the fundamental principles, architectures, components, interfaces, and protocols at the network and application layers. In view of converging networks and a seamless services world, particular emphasis in education and research is given to the existing and emerging service control architectures, interfaces, and protocols. Therefore this group investigates innovative service provision, control and management architectures, which could be placed inside and/or outside the network supporting both network centric as well as emerging end system centric service control approaches.