Workshop 12022-06-03T18:42:49+00:00

Semantic and Goal Oriented Communications, an opportunity for 6G?

Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 9:00-10:30/11:00-12:30/14:00-15:30/16:00-17:30, Room A305
  • Merouane Debbah (TTi, FR)
  • Emilio Calvanese Strinati (CEA-Leti, FR)
  • Jean-Claude Belfiore (Huawei, FR)

Motivation and Background

The goal of this workshop is to discuss current vision and next steps on the radical new paradigm: the semantic and goal-oriented communications. The main international experts in the field will present their visions on very recent results (part still unpublished), opening interactive discussions on the extraordinary opportunities that Goal Oriented Wireless Semantic Communications will offer to 6G systems and AI.
Today there is not a unique vision on what semantic and goal oriented communications will be. However, today our understanding of this concept is still nascent with many fundamental problems yet to be investigated and discussed in sufficient depth.
The workshop aims to focus on the theoretical analysis and practical design for semantic and goal-oriented communications in the context of future 6G networks. The workshop will be the occasion to discuss in details on:

  • Novel theories of context, semantics and goals in relation to communication systems and knowledge representation systems;
  • Semantic compression for various sources, e.g., video, text, speech;
  • Mathematical definitions and tools for semantic and goal-oriented communications;
  • Multi-agent reinforcement learning for context, semantics and goal-oriented communications;
  • Age-of-information and its connections to context, semantics and goal-oriented communications
  • Semantic communications in emerging 6G wireless networks.

This workshop will cover technologies across PHY, MAC, and network layers, as well as technologies. It will study the requirements, constraints, and implications for 6G mobile communication networks, and also the potential relationship with the offered services, both from an academic and industrial point of view.


The workshop is planned to be a full-day event. The format of the workshop is presentations with invited talks and a concluding panel.

9h00 Welcome address by the workshop chairs
9h10 Invited talk #1 Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati (CEA Leti): The Semantic and Goal-oriented Communications Opportunity
9h40 Invited talk #2 Prof. Petar Povposki (AAlbord University): Timing Perspective of Semantics and Effectiveness in Wireless Connectivity
10h30-11h Coffee break
11h-11h30 Invited talk #3 Prof. Marios Kountouris (Eurecom) – Goal-oriented Semantic Communication: Models and Architecture
11h30-12h00 Invited talk #4 Prof. Mehdi Bennis (University of Oulu, Finland) (confirmed): VisionX: Semantic Communication Meets System2 ML

12h00-12h30 Invited talk #5 Prof. Deniz Gunduz (Imperial College): Pragmatic Communications
12h30-14h lunch break
14h-14h45 Invited talk#5 – Prof. Jean-Claude Belfiore (Huawei Paris Research Center, France) (confirmed): Is a mathematical theory of semantic communication conceivable?
14h45-15h30 Invited talk#6 Prof. Sergio Barbarossa (University of Rome – La Sapienza, Italy)(confirmed): Goal-oriented communications: A topological approach
15h30-16h00 Coffee break
16h-17h30 Closing Panel (Moderator: Prof. Jean-Claude Belfiore, Panel Members: E. Calvanese Strinati, JC Belfiore, S. Barbarossa, M. Bennis, P. Povposki, M. Kountouris): Will Semantic Communications Make it for 6G?

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