9-11 April 2024

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Agenda – Day 1

Tuesday 9 April

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08:00 - 09:00

Registration Opens

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09:00 - 10:15

Opening Keynotes: Can we Reconcile Conflicts in Basic 6G Concepts?

Governments aim for economic & societal benefits; R&D develops valuable new tech & IP; operators want minimal investment costs; vendors want people to buy new products/services. With so many influences at work, will anyone’s objectives be met well by current processes? Does any of it relate to end-user demand? Is there any value in talking about 6G as a ‘generation’ as we have understood them?

  • Erszebet Fitori, CEO, SNS-JU
  • Egon Schulz, Director Wireless Research, Huawei
  • Peter Vetter, President, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Matti Latva-aho, Head of 6G Flagship

 

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10:30 - 11:30

How Should Future Telecoms Support Industrial Transformation and National Resilience?

Governments globally have given clear mandates for future networks to be resilient – that is, thoroughly reliable nationwide and resistant to shock or attack. If industries are to adopt 6G as part of their digital evolutions, it will need to be reliable and resilient for them too… but those aren’t the only requirements. Join us in a session where we explore what essential public and private sector end-users are demanding. To what extent are we gearing up to deliver it? Join us for a frank conversation.

 

  • Seppo Yrjölä, Professor, University of Oulu
  • Tom Rondeau, Principal Director, FutureG Office, US Department of Defense
  • Per Lindgren, CTO, Net Insight
  • Jari Partanen, Director, Bittium
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11:45 - 13:00

What’s the Business Case for Future Networks?

Innovation is great, but many good inventions fail for lack of a business case. With telecoms players under increasing cost pressures, the only justification for new investments is a clear return, whether in reducing existing costs or creating new revenues. And, while technologists debate about 6G, established operators of all kinds are busy following their own business transformations and new types of service providers are entering the market. Let’s get a clearer picture of what in 6G could add value and who the beneficiaries are likely to be.

 

  • Natale Lettieri, Chief Transformation Officer, Eutelsat Group
  • Takehiro Nakamura, Chief Technology Architect, NTT DOCOMO
  • Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Research Director, 6G Flagship
  • Christian Borrman, CEO, Conecto MVNx
  • Alicja Pitthan, Senior Innovation & Business Manager, Deutsche Telekom
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13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

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14:00 - 15:30

Back to Basics with Spectrum

Are current models of spectrum policy, assignment, licensing and sharing fit for purpose to meet the demands of future networks and societies? Whose objectives do they suit? As we absorb the impacts of WRC-23, are innovations in spectrum aggregation, trading, coexistence and more possible or desirable, and with what effect?

 

  • Abhaya Sumanasena, Chair, UK Spectrum Policy Forum
  • Heidi Himmanen, Senior Advisor, Traficom
  • Monisha Ghosh, Professor, Notre Dame University
  • Gerhard Schoenthal, COO, Virginia Diodes
  • Richard Moore, Principal Spectrum Policy & Analysis, OFCOM 
  • Malgorzata Krusiewicz, Consultant, TRa1de & Tech
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15:30 - 16:00

Networking Break

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16:00 - 17:00

Key Value Indicators: Who Cares Enough?

Governments around the world have put greater amounts of resource behind 6G so far than previous generations; they want something in return. While KVIs have been proposed as ways to deliver those societal benefits, they don’t feature in pre-existing systems to develop network generations. How can we build these into the development process so we don’t have to rethink our plans later to accommodate KVIs? Is there a case for global KVIs in the same way as global standards? What body, if any, is competent to oversee the creation and delivery against KVIs? What’s the business case for KVIs?

 

  • Colin Willcock, Chair, 6G-AI
  • Volker Ziegler, Senior Technology Advisor & Chief Architect, Nokia
  • Aleksi Helakari, Head of Technical Office, EMEA, Spirent
  • Ari Pouttu, Vice Director, 6G Flagship
  • Alex Lawrence, Managing Editor, 6GWorld
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17:00 - 18:00

6G Surgery: Answering Your Questions

Everyone registering for the event in-person will have the chance to ask a question or share their most pressing concern. If we’re not able to address them during the planned discussions, this is dedicated time to explore the issues you want before we break for the evening.

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18:00 onwards

Networking Reception and Banquet

Agenda – Day 2

Wednesday 10 April

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09:00 - 10:30

How Can Standards Processes Deliver the Best Outcomes for 6G?

As 3GPP makes moves towards the standardisation process for 6G, it is seeming increasingly likely that – whatever 6G turns out to be – it won’t be purely a mobile access technology. Moreover, the stakeholders, use cases and potential users are likely to be different from previous generations. What can we do differently in standards to ensure that the outcome ends up fit for the demands of the 2030s?

 

  • David Boswarthick, Director of Future Networks, ETSI
  • Sudhir Dixit, IEEE Future Networks Technical Community
  • Jean Schwoerer, Senior Engineer – Future Networks, Orange
  • Alain Mourad, Head of Wireless Lab Europe, InterDigital
  • Rahim Tafazolli, Chair, 6G Innovation Centre
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11.00 - 12:00

Is Chasing “Sustainable 6G Technology” Realistic?

The telecoms industry has tended to focus on energy efficiency or reduction when thinking of sustainability, but there are technical, business and regulatory pressures in play that mean we must address sustainability much more broadly, both now and in the development of future technologies and systems. Is ‘sustainability by design’ a feasible design consideration alongside other performance improvements for future networks, or to what degree is this a nice-to-have for the industry?

 

  • Josef Noll, Secretary General, Basic Internet Foundation
  • John Spear, CEO, EPI Consulting
  • Ville Salmi, R&D Director, Mediatek
  • Kim Parsons-Trommler, Managing Director, Thinknet 6G
  • Alex Lawrence, Managing Editor, 6GWorld
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12:00 - 13:00 PM

Lunch

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13:00 - 14:00

Hurdles to the Commercial Integration of Terrestrial and Non-Terrestrial Networks 

With increasing technical integration of NTNs into 3GPP from 5G onwards, commercial and regulatory hurdles will be barriers to implementation. Let’s get ahead of that to understand what those barriers are and start the process of overcoming them, to enable the benefits of integration as rapidly as possible.

 

  • Natalia Vicente, VP Public Policy, GSOA
  • Sethu Suvanam, CEO & Founder, Reorbit
  • Angelos Goulianos, Head of 5G/6G Lab, ESA
  • Jani Tolonen, Product Director, Keysight
  • Ethan Lin, VP & Co-Founder, TMYTEK
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14:00 - 15:00

6G Will Work Best for Indoor & Private Networks – Prove Me Wrong

6G offers a variety of new capabilities such as Integrated Sensing & Communications, low latency, high reliability and high bandwidths. These could support all kinds of immersive and real-time services, but in practice these are likely to be consumed mostly indoors as data is today. Enterprise, industrial and in-home business cases could well be the low-hanging fruit. Should we be designing 6G systems primarily as a complement or replacement to WiFi?

 

  • Dean Bubley, Founder, Disruptive Analysis
  • Mikko Uusitalo, Head of Hexa-X-II, Nokia
  • Matti Latva-aho, Director, 6G Flagship
  • Mikael Hook, Director Radio Research, Ericsson Research
  • Akihiro Nakao, Professor, University of Tokyo

 

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    15:00 - 15:30 PM

    Networking Break

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    15:30 - 16:30

    European Microelectronics & Chips: More Than a Me-Too Continent?

    In 2023 the European Union has earmarked billions in funding for advanced microelectronics thanks for the Chips act and other rulings, not least to build resilience and leadership in advanced 5G and 6G systems during this decade. How well is the continent positioned to deliver on this strategic aspiration? Compared to other regions, what unique elements can Europe bring?

     

    • Stephane Teral, CEO, Teral Research
    • Aarno Pärssinen, Co-Chair, Microelectronics Finland
    • Jari Kinaret, Executive Director, Chips Joint Undertaking
    • Tauno Vähä-Heikkilä, VP Microelectronics & Quantum Computing, VTT
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    16:30 - 17:30

    Is AI for Telecoms Just an Optimisation Tool?

    There has been a focus on AI in telecoms networks as a method to improve performance, reduce energy and automate complexity. While this is doubtless useful and necessary, a fixation on optimisation may be blinding the industry to more significant uses of AI in the networks. This session explores a few of these.

     

    • Timo Jokiaho, Board Adviser, IS-Wireless
    • Priya Kurien,  Global Telecom Research Lead, IBM Institute for Business Value
    • Roope Suomalainen, Business Development Head, Silo.ai
    • Samu Saarinen, Business Director, AMD
    • Aarne Talman, Senior Manager, Data & AI, Accenture
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    17:30 onwards

    Evening Networking Activities

    Agenda – Day 3

    Thursday 11 April

    Focus Day: 6G Flagship & Hexa-X-II

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    09:00 - 10:30

    “Next-Gen Networks Are GenAI Networks”: Discuss

    Large Language Models (LLMs) are advanced AI systems trained on vast datasets to understand, generate, and interact with human language. Their capabilities extend beyond mere text generation; they excel in tasks like translation, summarization, and question answering, offering significant utility in areas ranging from natural language processing to complex problem-solving. Moreover, Generative AI (GenAI) in general encompasses a broad range of models capable of creating diverse content, including images, audio, and video, by learning from vast datasets to mimic and innovate within various modalities beyond text.

    For wireless networks, GenAI models can enhance wireless networks by enabling advanced predictive maintenance, identifying potential issues and optimizing network performance. Additionally, they can facilitate the efficient management of network resources through automated, intelligent decision-making and streamlined communication protocols in multi-vendor environments. This session focuses on the use of GenAI models for the benefit of 6G wireless networks.

     

    • Keynote: Mehdi Bennis, Professor, University of Oulu – Semantic Communication in the 6G era & Beyond
    • Kyunghan Lee, Professor, Seoul National University – Cellular Network 2.0 for 6G
    • Emilio Calvanese Strinati, Professor, CEA-LETI – Goal-Oriented and Semantic Communication in 6G AI-Native Networks
    • Sasu Tarkoma, Professor, University of Helsinki – AI Interconnect for 6G
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    10:30 - 11:00

    Networking Break

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    11:00 - 12:30

    Making a Killing from 6G Killer Apps? A Pragmatic Exploration

    This session critically evaluates the evolution and impact of ‘killer applications’ within the 6G computing continuum. Such applications are expected to revolutionize how we interact with the 6G computing continuum, driving innovation and calling for a re-evaluation of the requirements for connectivity and distributed compute. Initially, sectors like automotive, healthcare, drone technology, and AR/VR were identified as potential sources for such transformative applications. The focus now will be on examining the realized applications against their projected impact and alignment with anticipated drivers. The session also aims to explore the emergence of a new generation of applications, particularly those driven by advancements in Large Language Models (LLMs) and AI.

    This discussion will encompass the implications for network infrastructure and the evolving requirements for connectivity and distributed computing, analysing the synergy between technological innovation and practical implementation.

     

    • Keynote: Mikko Uusitalo, Head of Hexa-X-II, Nokia – 6G Use cases: Hexa-X-II perspective
    • Matti Latva-aho, Director, 6G Flagship – 6G Metaverse and Resilience – Friends or Foes?
    • Satoshi Konishi, EVP, KDDI – Possible use cases toward Beyond5G/6G era
    • Miguel Bordallo Lopez, Professor, University of Oulu – The convergence of Computer Vision and Communications: Tools and applications
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    12:30 - 13:30

    Lunch

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    13:30 - 15:00

    Physical Layer Advancements Supporting ITU-R Future Technology Trends

    ITU-R lists several future technology trends for 6G physical layer design. These are, for example, integrated communications and sensing, device-to-device communications, ubiquitous connectivity, new frequency bands from current sub-6GHz bands up to mmWave and THz frequencies, near-field focusing, ultra-massive MIMO, and energy efficiency. In addition, it is essential to consider the physical constraints of RF hardware to realize these systems in practice. The workshop will collect key experts working on the physical layer technologies from higher-level concepts down to RF hardware to discuss the challenges and enablers for 6G.

     

    • Keynote: Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Professor, KAUST – On the performance of RIS-aided THz wireless communication systems
    • Giovanni Mangraviti, R&D Expert, IMEC – Heterogeneous Technologies towards a Sustainable and Efficient 6G
    • Ari Kynaslahti, ,VP, Nokia – Early network plans based on WRC-23 outcome
    • Aarno Pärssinen, Co-Chair, Microelectronics Finland – RF Microchips – pivotal asset for 6G?
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    15:00 - 15:30

    Networking Break

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    15:30 - 17:00

    RIS, sub-THz & New MIMO – Will Those Make 6G Visions Reality?

    Release 19 on 5G Advanced is on the way, spectrum possibilities for 6G are becoming gradually more viable and starting of 6G standards process is closer every day. After 5 years of studies on 6G in 6G Flagship and 3+ years after launch of Hexa-X, it’s a good moment to critically review the capabilities of some of the latest 6G related radio developments. What seems possible within the given timeframe, where do we need more time for commercially viable technology leaps and do we have all critical pieces to complete 6G puzzle in the future?

     

    • Keynote: Marco Di Renzo, Professor, Centrale Supelec – Multiport Network Communication Models for Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces
    • Markku Juntti, Professor, University of Oulu – Integrated sensing and communications in 6G systems
    • Italo Atzeni, Professor, University of Oulu – Doubly 1-Bit Quantized Massive MIMO
    • Tommy Svensson, Professor, Chalmers University – Towards scalable and adaptive D-MIMO Systems

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