About The 6G Symposium
The 6G Symposium aims to increase public awareness, excitement, and engagement around articulating a strong vision for 6G.
Organized by InterDigital and the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIOT) at Northeastern University, the 6G Symposium is a two-day virtual conference dedicated to the exploration of 6G.
A curated agenda of keynote speeches and panel discussions will address the demand and opportunities for 6G enabling technologies and showcase perspectives from the future developers, enablers, and disrupters of 6G technology.
Beyond 5G and 6G Initiatives in the United States
Research, Innovation and Public-Private Industry Collaborations
Day 1: The Future of Communications Beyond 5G delivered by Dr. Mazin Gilbert, AT&T
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, from 10:00 – 10:55 a.m. EST
Delivered by AT&T VP for Advanced Technology Dr. Mazin Gilbert, this keynote will explore the current outlines of the 6G vision, and discuss key players, timelines, and challenges the telecommunications industry is likely to encounter in the development of 6G and pursuit of a hyper-connected intelligent future.
Day 2: 6G Vision delivered by Thyaga Nandagopal, National Science Foundation
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 10:00 – 10:55 a.m. EST
Delivered by the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal, this keynote will explore the role of spectrum and the vital regulatory and policy considerations in the pursuit of a Beyond 5G future.
Panel 1: Shaping Up 6G: Drivers, Use-Cases and KPI Requirements
With each new generation of wireless, it is common to determine its capabilities and limits even before the technology is introduced. As 5G is deployed and standardized around the globe, industry is eager to explore and begin developing a consensus around 6G and its key performance indicators (KPIs), including roughly 1 Tbps system capacity, user plane latency of <0.1ms, and per-user data rate of few Gbps.
With much debate around the use cases and KPIs that will eventually give meaning to 6G, this panel invites experts from across industry and academia to discuss the applications that will be enabled by 6G, including volumetric media streaming, connected industries and automation, multi-sensory extended reality, and eHealth, in addition to the political, economic, social, and technical drivers that will help shape consensus-driven KPIs for 6G.
Moderator: Caroline Gabriel, Research Director & Co-Founder, Rethink Technology Research
- Afif Osseiran, Vice-Chairman of Board at 5G-ACIA, Ericsson
- Walid Saad, Professor, Virginia Tech
- Sunghyun Choi, SVP and Head of Advanced Communications Research Center, Samsung
- Karri Kuoppamaki, Vice President of Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA
- John Smee, Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
Panel 2: Understanding the 6G Tech Landscape
The demands of our hyper-connected, fully digitized, and data-driven intelligent society are pushing the capabilities of 5G technology to its limits. Beyond 5G (B5G) moves beyond the technologies that shaped 5G to create a pathway for the 6G technologies that will make a hyper-connected world possible.
B5G evolution tracks industry trends like higher frequency bands, the fusion of wireless with AI/ML, and edge and cloud native computing offer clues to what 6G technologies may look like in the future. Panelists will explore different ways to reimagine wireless network architecture to support new KPIs and encourage the evolution of the architecture to support 6G.
Moderator: Douglas Castor, Senior Director InterDigital Research and Innovation.
- Roger Nichols, 6G Program Manager, Keysight
- Prabhakar Chitrapu, Head of Small Cell Forum
- Takehiro Nakamura, SVP and General Manager, NTT DOCOMO
- Larry Peterson, CTO, ONF
- Muriel Médard, Professor, MIT
Panel 3: The Role of AI/ML in 6G Wireless Systems
The demand for faster data rates and ultra-low latency are the main drivers for emerging wireless standards and 5G communications. In the near future, bleeding-edge applications like shared VR experiences and self-driving cars, will rely on the ubiquity and real-time reconfigurability of high-speed wireless links. Today, the wireless channel and surrounding environment changes rapidly, and the current state-of-the-art wireless protocol design was not developed to support or optimize the variety and scale of future applications.
Acknowledging that wireless inflexibility will severely hamper the widespread deployment of next-generation wireless networks due to inter-protocol interference, AI and machine learning algorithms offer valuable clues in addressing wireless inference problems. This panel will explore the role of AI/ML in 6G technologies as well as the key enablers that support AI/ML in wireless.
Moderator: Kaushik Chowdhury, Professor, Northeastern University
- Tim O’Shea, CTO, DeepSig/ Virginia Tech
- Adam Thompson, Senior Solutions Architect, Nvidia
- John Davies, Program Manager, DARPA
- Danijela Cabric, Professor, UCLA
- John Kaewell, Senior Principal, InterDigital
Panel 4: Conquering the Spectrum
Spectrum may be one of our future’s hottest commodities. Integral to enabling an ever-increasing number of connected devices, spectrum and untapped spectral resources are the focus of the latest innovative research and techniques. Cellular systems, Wi-Fi networks, and fixed and mobile links are progressively crowding the spectrum, prompting the U.S. FCC to allocate more than 20 GHz of non-consecutive bandwidth for unlicensed services, experimental licenses, and the exploration of innovative applications in the THz communication – a key wireless technology at the core of 6G systems.
This panel will explore the innovative research and techniques leading the search to unveil untapped spectrum, the role of governments and spectrum policy makers in enabling spectrum access, outline a few technical roadblocks to tapping into the THz band, and examine the road of opportunity beyond.
Moderator: Josep Jornet, Professor, Northeastern University
- Gerhard Schoenthal, COO, VDI
- Mike Marcus, Consultant, Former FCC Senior Spectrum Policy Manager
- Edward Knightly, Professor, Rice University
- Sundeep Rangan, Professor, Associate Director NYU WIRELESS
- Thomas Kürner, Prof. Dr.-Ing. at TU Braunschweig
Panel 5: Spectrum Sharing in 6G Systems
Future 6G wireless systems will be defined by their ability to flexibly and efficiently utilize a scarce resource – spectrum. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently proposed the opening of 3.5 GHz (Citizens Broadband Radio Service CBRS) band to share spectrum for wireless broadband use. A key challenge remains in how to maximize overall system throughput while guaranteeing reliable communications and minimum quality of service for those sharing the spectrum.
This panel will explore the advancement in enabling spectrum sharing, and the impact of softwarization and AI on spectrum sharing in future wireless systems. A diverse group of panelists will outline the challenges and opportunities associated with transitioning future cellular networks to a cloud-native, end-to-end programmable, fully virtualized paradigm, and the impact of that transition on spectrum sharing among licensed and unlicensed wireless systems. The discussion will also address whether the availability of AI-based algorithms to automatically control and orchestrate network resources end-to-end will impact our ability to provide reliable and efficient spectrum sharing.
Moderator: Monica Paolini, Founder and Principal, Senza Fili
- Andrew Clegg, Spectrum Engineering Lead, Google
- Monisha Ghosh, CTO, FCC
- Masoud Olfat, Senior Director Technology Development, Federated Wireless
- Tom Rondeau, Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA
- Sheryl Genco, Director, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
Panel 6: Platforms for Experimental Research: Are we ready for 6G?
The advent of 5G has brought the introduction of cloud native platforms, the disaggregation of radio access networks, and a paradigm shift towards openness – at the expense of complexity and increased operational expertise needed by traditional telco operators. Future 6G testbeds must prioritize the integration of multiple access technologies, and to do so, may consider a more solutions-focused approach. The testbed needs will be discussed from the perspective of enabling technology providers, including those who construct components of the platform infrastructure, providers of device firmware, middleware, and hardware to create an entire system platform, and application engineers create the products that run on it.
This panel will investigate approaches to advance the Platform as a Service (PaaS) model for testbeds and develop approaches to take necessary steps for creating an infrastructure platform that can be application agnostic.
Moderator: Abhimanyu Gosain, Professor, Northeastern University
- Peter Vetter, Head of Access Research Lab, Nokia-Bell Labs
- Ari Pouttu, Professor, University of Oulu
- Steve Papa, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Parallel Wireless
- Julius Kusuma, Research Scientist, Facebook Connectivity
- Ismail Guvenc, Professor, North Carolina State University
While the 6G standard will be completed and commercialized as soon as 2028, the years between will require research and coordination among the industries leaders, innovators, and problem solvers to determine the promise and opportunity of 6G technology. Today is the best moment to begin shaping the technology of our future.
A curated agenda of keynote speeches and panel discussions will explore the demand and opportunities for 6G enabling technologies like novel air interfaces, new network architectures and “killer” applications, and offers a variety of perspectives from the future developers, enablers, and disrupters of 6G technology.
What You’ll Learn
From VIP panels to keynote speeches from industry’s leading minds and policy makers to engaging thought explorations of the potential and challenges in enabling 6G, this event will showcase all sides of this life-changing technology.
Beyond 5G and 6G initiatives in the United States
October 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET
Research, Innovation and Public-private Industry Collaborations
October 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET
Dr. Walter G. Copan
Northeastern Senior Vice Provost
The 6G Symposium will feature keynote speakers and panelists from across industry, academia, and government and showcase perspectives from the future developers and enablers of 6G technology.
Thank you to our Organizing Sponsors and Contributors
6G Symposium is made possible through the organization and contribution of the industry’s leading innovators, influencers, and change makers.