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D. Sabella et al., "Innovation Management in 6G research: the case of Hexa-X project," in IEEE Communications Magazine, doi: 10.1109/MCOM.018.2300040.

Innovation management in 6G research : the case of Hexa-X project

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Author: Sabella, Dario1; Nardini, Giovanni2; Demestichas, Panagiotis3;
Organizations: 1Intel Corporation, Italy
2University of Pisa, Italy
3WINGS ICT Solutions, Greece
4Orange, France
5Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CEA, Leti, F-38000 Grenoble, France
6ATOS, Spain
7Nextworks, Italy
8University of Oulu, Finland
9Qamcom Research and Technology AB, Sweden
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-09-08


Very often in the past, innovations from research communities have been disconnected from industry adoption, leading to a lack of exploitation of research projects. To overcome this issue, in the view of future 6G systems, the Hexa-X project is putting in place an Innovation Management (IM) process, aiming to facilitate and promote innovation opportunities based on project outcomes and ensure that all the ideas emerging from the project are captured and tracked, not “lost”. Focus of IM is on supporting the project to promptly identify innovations and engage with emerging innovation needs in the sector, for identifying gaps and potentials with strategic value. This paper presents the IM approach in Hexa-X and selected innovations (some of which also awarded by the EC Innovation Radar), with particular emphasis on the technical aspects of these findings coupled with their identified strategic value for future 6G market exploitation.

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Series: IEEE communications magazine
ISSN: 0163-6804
ISSN-E: 1558-1896
ISSN-L: 0163-6804
Volume: Early Access
DOI: 10.1109/mcom.018.2300040
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: Part of this work has been funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101015956 Hexa-X.
EU Grant Number: (101015956) Hexa-X - A flagship for B5G/6G vision and intelligent fabric of technology enablers connecting human, physical, and digital worlds
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