Keynote: Paths Towards 6G

Start date: Mon, May 23rd 2022 10:00 AM CET

While 6G is still being defined, there are evolutions from 4G and 5G that give us some ideas of the way forward and which carry shocks to the established telecoms environment. Meanwhile other technology and business disruptions are liable to have unexpected impacts. How do industry leaders set a course to manage the many pressures in the short term and compete effectively in the longer?


  • Eric Hardouin
    Eric Hardouin
    VP Ambient Connectivity Research, Orange

    Eric Hardouin leads the “Ambient Connectivity” research in Orange, which investigates future access and transport networks and technologies, as well as related business models. Eric received a Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne and the University of Rennes 1, France, in 2004. Since 2004, he has been with Orange, where he has conducted research on interference mitigation for mobile networks. Between 2008 and 2013 he represented Orange in the physical layer standardization group of 3GPP (RAN WG1) for HSPA, LTE and LTE-Advanced. From 2012 to 2015, Eric led the research on wireless networks in Orange. Eric had a leading role in the NGMN 5G White Paper, as co-lead of the work on 5G requirements. Eric is the author of the book “LTE et les réseaux 4G” (in French).

  • Afif Osseiran
    Afif Osseiran
    Director of Industry Engagements & Research,Ericsson

    Dr. Afif Osseiran is the director of Industry Engagements & Research at Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm. He is also general vice-chair of the 5G-ACIA alliance and a senior member of IEEE. His main responsibility is to bridge insights, tactics and strategies between technology, research/standardization and industrial sectors such as manufacturing. He holds a doctorate degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, a master’s degree from École Polytechnique de Montreal, and another one from INSA Rennes, France. Since 1999 he has held several positions at Ericsson in various units. From 2014 to 2017, he was director of radio communications at the Ericsson CTO office with the main responsibility to develop the strategy for 5G and Industrial IoT. From 2012 to 2014, he managed METIS, the EU 5G flagship project. Dr. Osseiran has authored over 70 inventions, technical journals, conferences and white papers. He also co-authored the first comprehensive book on 5G with Cambridge and two books on IMT-Advanced with Wiley.

  • Alain Mourad
    Alain Mourad
    Head of Future Wireless Europe Lab, InterDigital

    Dr Alain Mourad has 20+ years of experience in wireless industrial R&D. He is currently a Senior Director at InterDigital and the Head of Future Wireless Europe Lab in London (UK) leading research on 5G evolution towards 6G. Prior to InterDigital, Alain was a Principal Standards Engineer at Samsung Electronics R&D (UK) and previously a Senior Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (France). Throughout his career, Alain has been active in the research and standardization of wireless systems (3GPP, IEEE802, DVB, ATSC, ETSI, IETF). Alain is a prolific inventor with over 50 issued patents and several additional patent applications. He received Samsung Electronics Inventor of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013, InterDigital Innovation Award in 2016, 2018 and 2020, 2018 Global Telecoms Award “Highly Commended” for “Advancing the road to 5G”, and the 2021 CSI Award “Highly Commended” for “Best 5G technology or service”.

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