Telekom Innovation Laboratories
|Type||Research Institute, Public Private Partnership|
|Leader||Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi and John Calian|
|Deutsche Telekom, Technische Universität Berlin|
Telekom Innovation Laboratories (also called T-Labs) are a joint organization of Deutsche Telekom and selected universities, mainly the Technical University of Berlin. T-Labs are working in close cooperation with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev at Be'er Sheva (Israel) and other universities, such as the Berlin University of the Arts and the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, as well as with partners from industry and start-ups. At the locations in Berlin, Darmstadt, Budapest, Be'er Sheva (Israel) and Vienna, approximately 300 experts and scientists from T-Labs are concentrating on long-term and medium-term innovation in the field of information and communications technology.
T-Labs were founded in 2004 as the central research and development institute of Deutsche Telekom under the direction of Manfred Jeromin. At the same time, T-Labs are also a so-called affiliated institute of Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin), meaning that T-Labs is a privately organized entity that is closely integrated in the teaching and research activities conducted at TU Berlin. This concept promotes intensive collaboration between research and industry. Experts, entrepreneurs and researchers work together on innovations intended for real-world application scenarios and on disruptive technologies in the area of information and communications technology.
T-Labs follow a consistent Open Innovation approach and are themselves an innovation as an affiliated institute and thus pioneered a new form of research and development. In a report for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), T-Labs have been presented as a benchmark example of modern innovation management.
At the beginning, 25 telecom employees and about 50 scientists from many countries worked at the T-Labs. Peter Möckel took over the management from November 2004 to 2011. Under his leadership, several professorships were established at the TU Berlin and a team was set up in Silicon Valley in 2009. In order to design the academic work, a scientific management board was set up which was initially led by Prof. Bernd Girod from Stanford University and then Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster from the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sahin Albayrak from the TU Berlin. In 2008, 100 other telecom experts were integrated into the T-Labs and other scientists were hired in parallel. First companies were founded.
Heinrich Arnold was responsible for the reorientation of Telekom Laboratories to more application and implementation-oriented topics. In the course of this reorientation, he took over the management of T-Labs from 2011 until 2016. During this period the foundations were laid for three new business units in the area of cloud computing, smart home and mobile payment for and within Deutsche Telekom. In addition, further focus areas with the topics of health, energy, Machine to machine and media were established. As a result, a number of cross-industrial projects have been carried out for the digital industry, such as in the port of Hamburg in 2012 with industrial partners such as SAP SE, Adidas, Claas, Osram, Siemens, KUKA and Trumpf.
Under the leadership of Heinrich Arnold, about 20 new spin-offs were founded, among others Trust2Core, SureNow, Litedesk, Motionlogic, Benocs, Soundcall, Zimory, Bitplaces, Schaltzeit as well as the digital cloudbased telecommunications service immmr (2016).
In 2016, the EU-Labs programm were found together with the TU-Berlin, to expand the international collaboration. The first institution within this strategy was established at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. The new professorship "Data science and Engineering" has its focus on the evaluation of economic and environmental relevant data with the help from mobile networks. In 2017, another professorship at the TU Vienna was instituted.
In January 2017, the Management Board division of technology and innovation were found. Since 2017 the T-Labs are under the lead of Dr. Alex Choi and John Calian. Dr. Choi reports directly to Claudia Nemat, the head of the Management board division technology and innovation.
Organization and fields of research
The T-Labs are working within the Deutsche Telekom for all kind of corporate divisions. With the affiliate institution with the TU Berlin and many other professorships at universities worldwide, an intensive exchange between science and industry is provided. Experts, researcher and businessmen working on practice - oriented innovations and technologies in the field of information- and communication technology.
Since 2017 the T-Labs focus on three main topics:
The fields of research at TU Berlin included
- Internet Network Architectures, (2006 - 2013) by Anja Feldmann
- Quality and Usability, (2007 - 2015) by Prof. Sebastian Möller
- Interaction Design and Media (2008 - 2010) by Prof. Gesche Joost (since 2010 professor in Design Research at Berlin University of the Arts)
- Autonomous Security (2009 - 2011) by Tansu Alpcan (now at University of Melbourne)
- Assessment of IP-based Applications, (2009 - 2015) by Prof. Alexander Raake (since 2015 professor at Technische Universität Ilmenau)
- Service-centric Networking, (since 2009) by Prof. Axel Küpper
- Security in Telecommunications, (since 2010) by Prof. Jean-Pierre Seifert
Other prioritised topics of the partners are:
- Data- and network security as well as social networks (since 2006) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev by Prof. Yuval Elovici
- Design research and Design Research Lab (since 2010) at Berlin University of the Arts by Prof. Gesche Joost
- Data Science and Engineering (since 2016) at Eötvös Loránd University by Dr. Thomás Horváth
- Data Intelligence (since 2017) at TU Vienna by Prof. Allan Hanbury
Some of the experts and scientists who have been working for the T-Labs (who can be found via Wikipedia) :
- Heinrich Arnold
- Yaniv Altshuler
- Georg Essl
- Anja Feldmann
- Gesche Joost
- Sebastian Möller
- Alexander Raake
- Sascha Spors
In October 2009, Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs, Telekom Innovation Laboratories, the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute and antenna supplier Kathrein conducted live field tests of a technology called Coordinated Multipoint Transmission (CoMP) aimed at increasing the data transmission speeds of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and 3G networks. CoMP has been later introduced into 4G standards as one type of Cooperative MIMO.
In 2012, the T-Labs were the first place to implement the microkernel technology with cooperation of the security-professorship by Prof. Jean-Pierre Seifert.
In the same year, the first FlowVisor for SDN was evolved and the world record was won for 512 Gbit /s fixed line data transfer and
In 2014, the largest field trial for iBeacons was implemented.
Since its start, the T-Labs applied for a patent over 900 times for national and international inventions.
T-Labs and its researchers have received more than 50 awards, for example:
- 2005: Voice Award
- 2007: Place in the Land of Ideas
- 2008: Berlin Science Award of the Governing Mayor of Berlin (for young scientists) for Gesche Joost
- 2008: Anniversary VOICE Award
- 2009: Johann-Philipp-Reis Award for Sebastian Möller in recognition of his work in the areas of speech signal processing, telecommunications and man-machine interaction.
- 2009: "Best Practice" Voice Award
- 2010: Open Innovation Award in the category R&D Institutes
- 2011: Johann-Philipp-Reis Award for Alexander Raake in recognition of his R&D projects for innovative voice services
- 2011: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for Anja Feldmann
- 2011: Berlin Science Award of the Governing Mayor of Berlin for Anja Feldmann
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- Official Website
- Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben Gurion University
- T-Labs at the university in budapest
- Festschrift for 10-years anniversary of T-Labs: Accelerator