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6G waves magazine : autumn 2020

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Author: Saarela, Hanna; Wittenberg, Ville; Matinmikko-Blue, Marja (eds.)
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : University of Oulu, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-10-16


We are thrilled to welcome you to explore this second edition of our 6G Waves magazine!

When we published the first magazine in early March, none of us at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) at the University of Oulu fully grasped what lies ahead for us as individuals and experts, and as members of communities and the society. COVID-19 has since then made remote work a default at our university, limiting international contacts and face-to-face collaboration because of tight restrictions for gathering and travel, which are still in place.

Yet, our 6G Flagship research program has managed to be highly productive both in scientific work and in creating impact on multiple levels, as our results show. In just two and a half years, our experts have published more than 1,100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. This magazine highlights our latest results, collaborations, and the expertise of innovators who are taking 6G research to where no one has gone before. You can also discover how we contribute to 5G adoption and beyond 5G development with our collaborators.

We are proud of the new set of 6G white papers that we published in June. They illustrate the complementary views and visions of 250 global experts who answered our open call and joined the thematic expert groups. The white papers introduced in this magazine show the wide-scale importance of coupling research and technology development with sustainability and business, with key verticals as pathways to future sustainable systems and services. The white papers also discuss how optimal 6G solutions will rely on various stakeholder groups’ early engagement to create a real societal impact towards 2030.

We have adopted new means of collaboration during this unusual year while we have also strengthened our expertise in maneuvering virtual platforms and tools. Next year, these competencies will help us organize two major international events — 2021 Joint EuCNC & 6G Summit in June and IEEE PIMRC 2021 in September. We will utilize our research results and recent practical learnings to create intriguing 6G-focused program for both events.

Our global 6G research effort necessitates highly skilled experts. We are continuously looking for new innovative individuals to join us in fulfilling our ambitious goals, which we introduce in further detail in this magazine. Industry is also getting ready towards 6G era. The first EU Horizon 6G projects led by industry are starting early next year. Next G Alliance founded by American industry and operators, aiming to steer development of 6G, was founded in the US in October. Thus, now would be a perfect time for companies to join our expanding 6G ecosystem to tackle the challenges of future systems together.

With this 6G Waves magazine, we wish you a safe and productive end of the year 2020!

Jukka Riekki

Professor, Dean of Faculty of ITEE, University of Oulu

6G Flagship, Strategic Research Area Leader, Distributed Computing

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Series: 6G waves magazine
ISSN: 2670-2029
ISSN-E: 2670-2088
ISSN-L: 2670-2029
ISBN: 978-952-62-2764-1
ISBN Print: 978-952-62-2763-4
Issue: 2
Type of Publication: D6 Edited professional book
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
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