Workshop 2

Workshop 22023-06-05T09:46:19+00:00

The Role of AI in Edge 6G topologies

Tuesday, 6 June 2023, 9:00-10:30/11:00-12:30, Room R24-R25
  • Fred Buining (HIRO-MicroDataCenters BV, NL)
  • Oriol Sallent (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), ES)
  • Elli Kartsakli (Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), ES)
  • Nikolaos Bartzoudis (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC-CERCA), ES)

Motivation and Background

The goal of this workshop is to discuss the close synergy between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and edge computing, as two key enabling technologies shaping 6G, and identify the roadmap for more holistic, sustainable and future-proof design of AI- and edge-enabled solutions. The use of AI can significantly support, accelerate and augment human decision-making processes in the context of 6G in two broad directions. On the one hand, AI can play a key role in the efficient management, automation and optimization of the immensely complex 6G ecosystem, whereas, on the other hand, it is leveraged to deliver emerging services, such as XR, autonomous driving, smart manufacturing, etc. Applying such concepts at the edge, where resources and architectures are highly heterogeneous and constrained is more challenging, but the rewards can be significant: efficiently exploiting data locality can lead to reducing latency, increasing energy efficiency, enhancing security, etc. Furthermore, the deployment of edge applications, especially AI applications, is sometimes hampered by its energy consumption. Thus, the workshop will also focus on how AI can be leveraged to optimise the RAN configuration from an application perspective in order to provide energy consumption savings. This workshop will discuss the current vision in evolving edge computing architectures and “AI at the edge” design, presenting the perspective of 5 EU-funded R&D projects, namely BRAINE, VERGE, ACES, SmartEdge and BeGREEN and invited experts in the field. In addition to exposing the different approaches of each project, the workshop will aim to provide a more holistic view on how to design open, secure and modular edge computing architectures, empowered by trustworthy and interoperable AI.
The Workshop will focus on the following challenges:

  • Evolving open, secure and decentralised edge architectures to enable AI
  • Heterogeneity and interoperability aspects for an integrated compute continuum and sustainable AI solutions
  • Closed-loop automation and cognition for the joint AI-driven orchestration of network, radio and compute resources at the Edge
  • Extreme and conflicting KPIs at network and compute level
  • KPIs versus KVIs tradeoffs in Edge resource orchestration
  • Security, privacy, trustworthiness and data sovereignty in distributed edge topologies
  • Decentralised edge intelligence and advanced learning algorithms
  • Explainable AI/ML algorithms, to identify which network functions need to be optimised and the contributory factors that lead to this need for optimization


The first part of the Workshop will be based on presentations of two-page papers to set the scene. This part will count with contributions from BRAINE, ACES, VERGE and BeGREEN projects. BRAINE was one of the first EU-funded projects to target the implementation of AI at the edge in infrastructure and applications. Analysing BRAINE will create a perspective of ‘inward and outward focus’, exploring the design of AI solutions within and beyond the scope of the project, respectively, which will be further discussed during the Workshop. The second act of the Workshop will count with 2 Invited Speakers presentations, which will broaden the perspective. Finally, a panel featuring the Technical Managers (or key contributors) of the 5 projects and 2 invited speakers will drive an open discussion on the challenges identified above. Detailed structure (to be adapted according to Chair indications):

09:00 – 09:10
Welcome & introduction (10 min)

  • Fred Buining (HIRO-MicroDataCenters BV)

09:10 – 10:00
Part 1 – Setting the scene (5×10 min)

  • BRAINE: Big data processing and artificial intelligence at the network edge
    • Suresh Patoria, HIRO-MicroDataCenters BV
  • ACES: Autopoietic cognitive edge-cloud services
    • Fernando Ramos, Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores – Investigação e Desenvolvimento (INESC-ID)
  • BeGREEN: AI-driven energy optimization for edge computing applications.
    • Mir Ghoraishi, Gigasys solutions
  • 6G-SANDBOX: Edge resources management for a disaggregated open RAN 6G networks
    • Adam Flizikowski, IS-Wireless
  • VERGE: AI-powered eVolution towards opEn and secuRe edGe architEctures
    • Oriol Sallent, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

10:00 – 10:40
Part 2 – Invited talks (2×20 min)

  • Fernando Ramos, Associate Professor (University of Lisbon), Senior Researcher (INESC-ID)
  • Miquel Payaró, Director of Open Innovation and Science at the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

10:40 – 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 – 11:40
Part 2 – Invited talks (2×20 min)

  • Dan Warren, Director, Advanced Network Research – 5G/6G Research at Samsung Research (UK)
  • Xueli An, Principal Researcher and Industry Development Specialist at Huawei Technologies (Germany)

11:40 – 12:30
Part 3 – Panel discussion (50 min)

  • Participants
    • All speakers from the participating projects
    • All invited speakers
    • Simon Pryor, R&I Project Strategy, Accelleran (Belgium) – Project Coordinator – BeGREEN
    • Elli Kartsakli (Barcelona Supercomputing Center -BSC-, Spain) –Technical Manager – VERGE
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