Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


UCL researcher contributes to 6G development

10 July 2020

ICCS member Professor Alex Galis has contributed to a leading whitepaper studying networking for 6G

Image of network across europe, with overlay of someone on a tablet and the text 6G

Author: Dr Rob Thompson, Institute Manager

Wireless communication | 6G | networking

Last week the 6G Flagship published 11 of 12 whitepapers that look to pave the way towards 6G.

Over 50 authors have developed the 12 papers with UCL's Professor Alex Galis contributing to "6G RESEARCH VISIONS, NO. 6, White Paper on 6G Networking". In the white paper, the authors shed light on advanced features relevant to networking that would shape the evolution beyond 5G, ultimately leading to networking systems and significant increase in digital ecosystems.

"After publishing world’s first 6G White Paper in September 2019 as an outcome of the first 6G Wireless Summit, the visionaries in 6G Flagship wanted to reach much higher in the second round. A full dozen topics were filtered for a profound analysis.
"This time we wanted to dive much deeper by selecting 12 particular areas of interest needing more detailed envisioning and target setting. We wanted to add more openness and engage a larger number of leading experts in making this joint effort to pave the way towards 6G,"

said professor Matti Latva-aho, Director of 6G Flagship. 

With 5G specifications still being defined exploration into 6G looks beyond what is currently possible, envisioning the future possibilities for mobile and fixed networks along with the societal and economic demands such future networks will need to meet.

The 6G Flagship explained that the work of the white paper expert groups shows that 6G research is still a collection of ideas, some of which are very promising while others are still hampered by 5G thinking.

Curating and driving the work the 6G Flagship is a research and co-creation ecosystem for 5G adoption and 6G innovation led by Univ. of Oulu in Finland.

In September the 6G Flagship will start a weekly series of 12 webinars open to all, where all white papers will be presented one at a time.

The titles of the white papers are:

  • White Paper on 6G Drivers and the UN SDGs
  • White Paper on Business of 6G
  • 6G White Paper on Validation and Trials for Verticals towards 2030’s
  • 6G White Paper on Connectivity for Remote Areas
  • 6G White Paper on Networking
  • White Paper on Machine Learning in 6G Wireless Communication Networks
  • 6G White Paper on Edge Intelligence
  • 6G White Paper: Research Challenges for Trust, Security and Privacy
  • White Paper on Broadband Connectivity in 6G
  • White Paper on Critical and Massive Machine Type Communication towards 6G
  • 6G White Paper on Localization and Sensing
  • White Paper on RF enabling 6G - Opportunities and Challenges from Technology to Spectrum (To be published later)


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