Professor Juha Kostamovaara’s research group faces unique challenges daily as it strives for meaningful results in its research field of multi-disciplinary character. Quite seldom, deep knowledge on devices, microelectronics, photonics and laser ranging can be simultaneously found within a single research group, Kostamovaara notes.
The nexus of 6G Flagship programme is the rapidly evolving, open 5G Test Network (5GTN), which first introduced its advanced network functions to researchers and developers in 2015. As a focal point of connectivity, it simultaneously links test beds, novel devices and applications; theory and practice; as well as research and business.
After publishing the virtual 2nd 6G Wireless Summit 2020 keyno
”Radio frequencies are a natural resource, and as such, there is fierce competition on who gets to use them. It really is a fight over natural resources, and we must work toward a more fair and sustainable use of the radio spectrum”, says Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor from the University of Oulu.
6G Flagship is pursuing a brave challenge to formulate a research vision for 6G mobile communications together with esteemed experts around the globe. White papers were chosen as a suitable format for refining experts’ views and alternative scenarios in the 6G domain.
At the beginning of 2020, the EU kicked off the international CoroPrevention research project, which concentrates on the prevention of heart diseases. The Onnikka weight management app developed at the University of Oulu plays an important role in the project.
Urgent environmental concerns have given birth to the slow but massive transformation of the global energy system. The zero-marginal cost of renewable energy is steering the system towards radically new possibilities while researchers and developers in Finland and around the globe explore how the electricity grid can be modernised towards the so-called Smart Grid.
The University of Oulu collects information worldwide on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on people's everyday life. Experiencing the Pandemic project material will be used in a variety of disciplines, including in dealing with potential new crises.
6G Flagship’s Wireless Medical Communications research team (WiMeC) focuses on realizing a vision of future healthcare services, which are enabled by the use of the latest wireless technology. The team pursues essentially three lines of research: wireless body area networks (WBAN), full chain of data transfer from measurements to patient’s electronic health record, and novel secure solutions for care facilities.
At the University of Oulu, two research infrastructures are making new headway in fundamental research which will have far-reaching consequences for future systems and communication technologies. These two projects - PII, Printed Intelligence Infrastructure and FUWIRI, Research Infrastructure for Future Wireless Communications - received major funding totalling 3,1 million euros from the Academy of Finland in the previous funding round.
During these last two years, assistant professor Hirley Alves has been building the machine-type wireless communications (MTC) team working towards the 6G Flagship vision of near-instant unlimited connectivity. Under the umbrella of MTC lies two key components: critical and massive MTC.
Onel Alcaraz López defends his doctoral thesis “Resource allocation for machine-type communication: from massive connectivity to ultra-reliable low-latency” on 16 April 2020 at the University of Oulu, Finland. Connectivity enthousiasts around the globe are invited to join the event starting at 12:00 UTC+2h via https://oulu.zoom.us/j/210308386. No registration is needed, just hop online!
The multidisciplinary GenZ profiling project of the University of Oulu begins to materialise when the tenure track assistant and associate professors selected in January begin their research activities. At the same time, the project objective of bringing human orientation to digitalisation is highlighted from the perspective of the different research fields.
Professor Marcos Katz’s team has recently demonstrated how light can be used to convey data to and from in-body devices such as implants.
As the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the world began to go into lockdown, the organisers of 2nd 6G Wireless Summit 2020 decided to transform the leading global 6G event to a virtual one – in less than five days. Sharing of 6G visions, research results and challenges could be realised virtually, the organising team in the Finnish 6G Flagship programme concluded.
6G research is in a very exciting stage and this is the time to combine predictions of the future with research, innovation, and collaboration. The 2nd 6G Summit is underway in a virtual environment and there are many more things to come in 2020. Keep up with all things 6G with a new magazine, 6G Waves. 6G Flagship has just released the first edition of its biannual magazine.
New research project, NEUROPA, targets the progress in photonics, neuroscience, and medicine by developing a non-invasive means of modulating specific neural pathways in the brain. The ultimate aim of the initiative is to provide the treatment and alleviate the long-term brain dysfunction in some neurodegenerative conditions such as Huntingdon’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
CSI-COP (Citizen Scientists Investigating Cookies and App GDPR compliance) is a 30-month project which had the kickoff in Coventry today. Project will leverage citizen science in collaboration with a transdisciplinary team to investigate tracking-by-default in website cookies and smartphone apps.
Here is a sentence one hears a lot when talking to Professor Markku Juntti: “Well, this is not my core expertise–but it is of course very closely connected to what I do.”
A Toyota self-driving car has been acquired for the University of Oulu’s Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering as a part of the 6G Flagship research programme. The car will be widely used as a means of research.
6G is about systemic disruption, which is why it is vital to look at the future of telecommunications from a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives, says Professor of Practice, Seppo Yrjölä.
Marko E. Leinonen, Giuseppe Destino, Olli Kursu, Marko Sonkki, and Aarno Pärssinen received the ETRI Journal 2019 Best Paper Award for their article “28 GHz Wireless Backhaul Transceiver Characterization and Radio Link Budget” published in the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute Journal.
Three researchers at the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), which is leading the 6G Flagship Program, co-authored a conference paper “Industrial Indoor Measurements from 2-6 GHz for the 3GPP-NR and QuaDRiGa Channel Model” which was awarded as the Best Overall VTC2019-Fall Paper.
The article builds on key results of Reicovair project in which the CWC team planned and carried out radio channel measurements in extremely challenging industrial scatter environments. The results are especially important for Industry 4.0, in constantly changing wireless conditions.
We asked eight questions of the CWC authors Risto Vuohtoniemi, Marko Sonkki and Veikko Hovinen about the technical challenges and specifications of the realized measurements. This is what they answered.
Just over a year ago, the University of Oulu started major education export to China. The partner university is in Nanjing (Nanjing Institute of Technology). University teacher Päivi Raulamo-Jurvanen just returned from a two-week intensive period in China, and the NJIT delegation led by President Shi Jinfei is currently visiting Oulu.