Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz
Director Business Unit NGNI (Software-based Networks)
Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, Berlin

“Understanding the Role of 5G, Network Virtualization and Edge Computing for Industry Campus Networks and Smart Factories“


This keynote will address the current hype around 5G technologies for establishing local private networks in the manufacturing and automation industry in Germany. Therefore this talk will explain how 5G networks are utilizing Network Function Virtualization and Edge Computing principles in order to realize efficiently application specific customized network infrastructures. In this regard network slicing and private network options are compared in the context of enabling innovations in emerging smart factories. Subsequently the talk presents the German plans for assigning local 5G frequencies in the 3,7-3,8 GHz spectrum and opportunities for German enterprises. The talk concludes with an Overview of the Fraunhofer FOKUS 5G Playground, a pioneering local 5G Testbed in Berlin, Germany used for prototyping different 5G applications. For more see

Short Bio 

Thomas Magedanz was born in 1962. He studied computer sciences at the TU Berlin and received his diploma in 1988, his PhD in 1993 and finished his habilitation in 2000.

Since 2003 Thomas Magedanz has been Director of the Business Unit „Software-based Networks (NGNI)“ at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS (formerly GMD Institute FOKUS) in Berlin, Germany.

In addition, since 2004 he has lead the Chair for Next Generation Networks (called Architekturen der Vermittlungsknoten – AV – in German) at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Faculty (IV) of the Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany.

For 30 years Prof. Magedanz has been a globally recognized ICT expert, working in the convergence field of telecommunications, Internet and information technologies – understanding both the technology domains and the international market demands. In the course of his applied research and development activities he created many internationally recognized prototype implementations of global telecommunications standards that provide the foundations for the efficient development of various open technology testbeds around the globe. His current interest is in software based 5G networks for different verticals, with a strong focus on edge computing, network slicing, and industrial campus networks. The Fraunhofer 5G Playground ( represents, in this regard, the world´s most advanced Open 5G testbed.

He is conducting globally recognized education courses for master, diploma and PhD students in the field of converging fixed and mobile telecommunications, the Internet and information and communication technologies. In this context he initiated and managed numerous national and international R&D projects.

Prof. Ninoslav Marina
Rector of the University of Information Science and Technology (UIST)

“Blockchains for Industry 4.0”


Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records called blocks. Each block contains data, a timestamp, and a link to the previous block, which makes it inherently resistant to modification. Once recorded, the data cannot be altered retroactively. With a peer-to-peer network and a distributed time-stamping server, the blockchain is managed autonomously. Blockchains are secure by design and provide a high level of trust. It makes them suitable for storing events and other records, while proving the data provenance. The two most popular blockchains are the digital currency Bitcoin and the smart-contract platform Ethereum. Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing that includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing. It is obvious that Industry 4.0 will be a real revolution as it affects services, businesses, reliability, productivity, security, and the product lifecycle. The interactions in the “smart factories” of the future require an increasing degree of trust and privacy protection, proof of existence, proof of origin and a consistent track record. Hence, relying on the timestamps and the integrity of the sensor data is quite significant. The blockchain will help registering all the communications among machines, sensors and persons, and will improve the customized records to track the whole production, supply and maintenance chain.

In this keynote speech, we will present the basics of the blockchain and list some of the advantages that will serve Industry 4.0. We will focus on the interactions among autonomous machines as well as on the full lifecycle in the supply chain from the production to the delivery. It will help improving the quality assurance and traceability of manufactured parts, including the verification of used elements and parts by the machine itself. That will provide an easier control of origin for all parts in order to establish high quality products and services.

Short Bio

Prof. Ninoslav Marina is Rector of the University of Information Science and Technology (UIST) in Ohrid since 2012. He was President of the Rector’s Conference of the public universities in the Republic of Macedonia (2015-2018). Dr. Marina obtained his Ph.D. degree at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2004. In partnership with Nokia Research Centre in Helsinki, his thesis was in the information theory with application to wireless communications. Ninoslav Marina was Director of R&D at Sowoon Technologies (2005 – 2007), visiting scholar at University of Hawaii at Manoa (2007 – 2008), postdoctoral researcher at University of Oslo (2008 – 2009) and postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow at Princeton University (2009 – 2012). Prof. Marina co-authored more than 100 scientific papers, books and popular texts and has been a guest professor at more than twenty universities in countries including United States, Japan, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Russia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Norway, Finland, Malaysia, Morocco, Portugal, Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic. Dr. Marina is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is one of the co-founders of the Macedonian Chapter of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He was also Technical Program Committee Chair of the International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems (ICUMT) and a panel member at the United Nations General Assembly informal interactive consultations on World Summit on the Information Society.