The touch-enabled Tactile Internet, also known as the Internet of Skills, is anticipated to bring an unprecedented economic and social impact to the digitized world. TOAST will train the next generation of doctoral candidates to tackle the critical challenges of Tactile Internet through interdisciplinary research. Addressing these challenges requires the doctoral candidates to gain a broad understanding of haptics, teleoperation, haptic communication, networking, edge computing, machine learning and human perception.

By bringing together world-class researchers from academia and industry, TOAST will (a) provide an innovative training program to the doctoral candidates with a balance of fundamental research questions, pragmatic industrial research perspectives, interdisciplinary cooperation through the development of a joined testbed, which will not only benefit the doctoral candidates by enabling remote training and experiments, demonstrations and public engagement, but also generate stronger synergies and extend TOAST’s impact beyond its conclusion; (b) develop E2E solutions for the Tactile Internet by leveraging the complementary competences of the partners, which will be transferred into IPR, new products and services; and (c) contribute to the development of the doctoral candidates’ skills and network, enhancing their career perspectives and employability.

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Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral Candidate 1

Kinaesthetic compression, control, and communication for Touch-enabled Tactile Internet

Doctoral Candidate 2

Multimodal Tactile Data Communication for Touch-enabled Tactile Internet

Doctoral Candidate 3

RemoTouch: a system for human-to-human tactile communication

Doctoral Candidate 4

Learning assisted control for haptic systems over 6G networks

Doctoral Candidate 5

Agile network configuration for ultra-low-latency Tactile Internet

Doctoral Candidate 6

Optimized Delivery of Tactile IoT Complex Haptic Sensations over Next-Generation Wireless Networks

Doctoral Candidate 7

AI-enabled agile communication for remote haptic interaction in Tactile Internet

Doctoral Candidate 8

Edge Intelligence for Model-Augmented Haptic Teleoperation in Tactile Internet

Doctoral Candidate 9

Distributed Edge Intelligence for Immersive Tactile Internet

Doctoral Candidate 10

Next generation of remote & robot-to-robot teaching


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks

Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics


wandelbots GmbH

Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications

Ericsson Research

Radio Networks and Microwaves at Orange S.A.


Center of Research on Automatic Control in Nancy (CRAN) at the National Center for Scientific Research



Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Communication, Control and Automation

Helsingforsgade 10
building 5123, 213
8200 Aarhus N

The TOAST project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme (HORIZON-MSCA-2022-DN-01) under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101073465.