Panel 12022-07-11T10:42:17+00:00

The 6G Race

Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 14:00-15:30, Auditorium World Trade Center


  • Gerhard Fettweis (Vodafone Chair Professor, TU Dresden & CEO, Barkhausen Institute, DE)

Motivation and Background

Now that 5G has entered into the deployment and annual update phase, the R&D community in already involved in the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless cellular communication systems, i.e., 6G. Many try defining 6G requirement specifications now already, however, at this early stage, many technologies are being considered at the various system and network levels, ranging from the radio interface and new antenna features to new network architectures and an increased softwarisation, among many other aspects. Academics and industries are already fully emerged in the development of 6G, and many countries and world regions have already established the corresponding research programmes. This panel brings together speakers from all regions and sectors, to discuss future technology, strategy, and possible challenges ahead.


  1. What are the major trends in each world region?
  2. What are the key challenges in the development of 6G? 6G for what?
  3. Will there be new players in 6G standardisation?
  4. Should 6G standardisation go beyond infrastructure?
  5. Are there any foreseeable barriers in 6G development and standardisation?


The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Gerhard Fettweis (Moderator) (T.U. Dresden, DE)
  • Bernard Barani (EC, BE)
  • Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh (Nokia, US)
  • Hyeon Woo Lee (DanKook University, KR)
  • Kei Sakaguchi (Tokyo Tech, JP)
  • Wen Tong (Huawei, CA)
  • Marja Matinmikko-Blue (Research Director, University of Oulu, FI)

Gerhard Fettweis

Gerhard P. Fettweis is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden since 1994 and founding director of the Barkhausen Institute since 2018. He earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After being postdoc at IBM Research, San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany. In 2019 he was elected to the DFG Senate. His research focusses on wireless transmission and chip design for wireless/IoT platforms, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research. He also serves on the board of National Instruments Corp and advises other companies. Gerhard is member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honour and the Semi Europe award. In Dresden his team has spun-out nineteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion.

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Bernard Barani

Bernard Barani joined the European Commission in 1994 after 11 years as Communication engineer in industry and with ESA. He is Deputy head of unit in the European Commission DG CONNECT where he has been steering EU wireless R&I for more than 20 years. He currently leads the definition and implementation with industry of the European R&I programme “Smart Networks and Services (6G)” covering the 2021-2027 time frame. Main responsibilities cover strategic R&D planning and implementation for beyond 5G/6G systems, standardisation, international cooperation, demonstration and pilot programmes. He is vice chairman of the Steering committee of the EUCNC conference, and has an engineering degree from the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne”. He is also a Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum).

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Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh

Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh is a Nokia Fellow and works at Nokia Standards and Strategy. He joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Since joining Motorola he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS-95, cdma-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. He has 60 issued patents, has written multiple book chapters and has authored numerous external and internal technical papers. He is currently working on 5G Evolution and 6G technologies. Recently, he was elected chair of the NextGA (an US 6G initiative) National Roadmap Working Group. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is the recipient of 2016 IEEE Stephen O. Rice and 2017 Neal Shephard prize, member of IEEE Access editorial board and co-author of the books titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE-A” and “5G Enabled Industrial IoT Network”.

Hyeon Woo Lee

Dr. LEE, Hyeon Woo is a Professor at DanKook University in Korea, a TTA 5G Standard Committee chair, and a 5G forum executive committee vice chair. He served as a National R&D Program Director under Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea from 2009 until 2013. He was a head of Global Standard & Research Lab. of Samsung Electronics from 1984 until 2009. He received BSEE from Seoul National University in 1985, MBA from Sogang University in 1989, ME and Ph.D degree at KAIST in 1994 and 2003 respectively. He works on 5G/6G mobile communication, international standards, and R&D strategy planning. He is a member of KICS, IEEE and IEICE.

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Kei Sakaguchi

Kei Sakaguchi is a Dean in Tokyo Tech Academy for Super Smart Society and a Professor in the School of Engineering of Tokyo Institute of Technology. At the same time, he is working for oRo Co., Ltd. in Japan as an outside director. He received the M.E. degree in Information Processing from Tokyo Institute Technology in 1998, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Tokyo Institute Technology in 2006. He received the Outstanding Paper Awards from SDR Forum and IEICE in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and three Best Paper Awards from IEICE communication society in 2012, 2013, and 2015. He also received the Tutorial Paper Award from IEICE communication society in 2006. His current research interests are in B5G cellular networks, millimeter-wave communications, wireless energy transmission, V2X for automated driving, and super smart society. He is a fellow of IEICE, and a senior member of IEEE.

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Wen Tong

Dr. Wen Tong is the CTO, Huawei Wireless. He is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, Dr. Tong was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he is the Huawei 5G chief scientist and led Huawei’s 10-year-long 5G wireless technologies research and development. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada. Dr. Tong is the industry recognized leader in invention of advanced wireless technologies, Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award in 2014, and IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018. He is also the recipient of R.A. Fessenden Medal. For the past three decades, he had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with more than 530 awarded US patents. Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he serves as Board of Director of Wi-Fi Alliance.

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Marja Matinmikko-Blue

Marja Matinmikko-Blue is Research Director of the Infotech Oulu Institute and Director of Sustain-ability & Regulation at 6G Flagship at the University of Oulu, Finland, where she also holds an Adjunct Professor position in spectrum management. Marja completed her Doctor of Science degree in communications engineering in 2012, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in industrial engineering and management in 2018 at the University of Oulu. She has been conducting multi-disciplinary research into the technical, business, and regulatory aspects of future mobile communication systems in close collaboration with industry, academia, and regulators for over two decades. Marja has coordinated several national research project consortia that have successfully demonstrated new technology including the world’s first licensed shared access (LSA) spectrum sharing trials and the introduction of a new local 5G operator concept, which has become a reality in many countries. She has actively contributed to, and participated in, regulatory bodies at the national, Europe-an, and international levels. She also coordinated the preparation of twelve 6G White Papers at the 6G Flagship (the first White Papers on 6G in the world) and led the development of the White Paper on 6G Drivers and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She has published 170+ scientific papers and pre-pared 150+ contributions to regulatory bodies.

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