It is our pleasure to invite You to contribute to the 2022 edition of EuCNC & 6G Summit!
The 2022 EuCNC & 6G Summit builds on putting together two successful conferences in the area of telecommunications: EuCNC (European Conference on Networks and Communications), supported by the European Commission, and the 6G Summit, originated from the 6G Flagship programme in Finland, one of the very first in its area. The conference is sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society and by the European Association for Signal Processing and focuses on all aspects of telecommunications ranging from 5G deployment and mobile IoT to 6G exploration and future communications systems and networks, including experimentation and testbeds, and applications and services. It brings together cutting-edge research and world-renown industries and businesses, globally attracting in the last years more than 1 300 delegates from more than 40 countries all over the world, to present and discuss the latest results, and an exhibition with more than 70 exhibitors, for demonstrating the technology developed in the area, namely within research projects from EU R&I programmes.
The theme for the 2022 Joint EuCNC and 6G Summit is “Connectivity for a Sustainable World”. To achieve this, 5G and 6G aim at ubiquitously providing several capabilities or services in different societal domains. The identified capability elements include connectivity, processing, actuating, sensing, data and intelligence everywhere. Regarding deployments, 5G and more so 6G will cover a wide range of setups from global to hyperlocal. Global and regional deployments are expected like in traditional cellular systems to allow roaming and economies of scale for equipment. While wide-area coverage continues using mainly lower carrier frequencies in terrestrial communications and also satellite communications, new frequency bands will bring local specialization through local network deployment and introduces hyperlocal specialization with a very high level of granularity especially exploiting higher carrier frequencies.
All these will be essential building blocks to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG). The UN SDGs are a way of framing opportunities and challenges of a desirable future world and cover topics as broad as ending poverty, building gender equality, the fight against climate change and developing smart cities. In this vision, some building blocks exist already or are part of the 5G evolutionary journey to 2030. Possible examples of these aspects include context awareness and situational reasoning. By supporting the UN SDGs, 5G and 6G aim to take a leading role by empowering the people by providing services and solutions to individuals and society, secondly, sensing the environment through hyper-local measurements associated with essential SDG indicators, and thirdly strengthening the world by reinforcing the vertical ecosystems according to the SDGs. And to highlight the synergies, the commercial launch of 6G communications systems and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are both targeted for 2030.
CEA-Leti, a technology research institute at CEA Tech, pioneers micro and nanotechnologies, tailoring differentiating applicative solutions that ensure competitiveness in a wide range of markets. The institute tackles critical challenges such as healthcare, energy, transport and ICTs. Its multidisciplinary teams deliver solid expertise for applications ranging from sensors to data processing and computing solutions, leveraging world-class pre-industrialization facilities supporting 5G and 6G design, prototyping and development. CEA-Leti builds on long-term relationships with its industrial partners – global companies, SMEs and startups – and actively supports the launch of technology startups. One interesting new activity launched by CEA-Leti – the New-6G initiative focusing on nanoelectronics & wireless for 6G – is a visionary 6G initiative across the EU scientific community to foster the next-generation wireless connectivity. This industrial, research-institute and academic collaboration will evaluate how nanotechnology, telecommunications, hardware, software, networks, and equipment can be leveraged to meet 6G performance and quality-of-service standards while meeting societal expectations and sustainability requirements.
The cosmopolitan city of Grenoble and its partners have been awarded by the European Union with the title of European Green Capital 2022, in recognition of Grenoble’s environmental example. Surrounded by the Alps, Grenoble is a paradise for nature activities. In addition to its extensive cultural life, Grenoble mountains offer lots of possibilities: climbing, hiking, biking and trail, paragliding, swimming in the lakes and rivers and breath-taking landscapes in several nature reserves just nearby.
The 6G Summit, first of its kind, with its’ inaugural event organised in Levi Finland in 2019, continues to offer the global ICT community a discussion forum for the vision of cellular 6G system. The 2022 edition of the 6G Summit is now organised second time as a joint EuCNC and 6G Summit in Grenoble, France during June 7-10, 2022. The vision discussions will continue in the event as the ITU-R IMT-2030 and beyond requirements are expected to be defined during 2024-2025. We have witnessed a large boost in research towards 6G as many countries across the world have launched their 6G programmes. Therefore, the technical track of 6G Summit invites the latest research results in different areas of 6G development including technologies (but not limited to) for Tbps transmission, 3D imaging and sensing with localisation, new component technologies and materials, telepresence and mixed reality, ML/AI for autonomous systems optimisation, and novel network architectures. 6G spectrum, blockchain technology in mobile networks, quantum cryptography, semantic communications, and reconfigurable intelligent surfaces. We invite global contributions to hear the visions of 6G and the new exciting research results generated in 6G research programs globally.
Emilio Calvanese Strinati & Ari Pouttu
Conference TPC Chair & TPC Vice-Chair