Two of our 6G researchers named Highly Cited Researchers

Associate professor Mehdi Bennis and professor Tarik Taleb from the Centre for Wireless Communications received a truly significant recognition as they were named Highly Cited Researchers 2020 in the annual listing of world’s most influential researchers based on publication data in the Web of Science.  Both of the experts have a key role in the 6G Flagship programme at the University of Oulu.

In his research, Mehdi Bennis focuses on radio resource management, heterogeneous networks, game theory and machine learning in 5G networks and beyond towards 6G.

-My research is at the confluence of two technological revolutions, namely wireless communication and machine learning at the network edge, which are the two key pillars of the 6G Flagship programme. The overarching goal is to draw on the availability of data generated at the network edge, compute and storage capabilities to enable (truly) intelligent networks while taking into account privacy, latency and reliability. We have made great strides as far as communication-efficient and distributed ML model training is concerned, and we are now embarking on the next research endeavour we call VisionX, Bennis clarifies.

Bennis reminds that no one succeeds in academia alone.

-This recognition would not have been possible without my research group, colleagues, collaborators and especially my family, he concludes.

Tarik Taleb is bridging the research collaboration between Aalto University and the University of Oulu and splits his time between the two universities. He is very excited to extend his MOSA!C Lab from Aalto to Oulu and to do research together. This means for example hiring students in Oulu, making joint publications and demos. The universities are also collaborating in a major EU program focusing on 5G drones, where the goal is to test 5G infrastructure.

To learn more about Tarik Taleb’s research and collaborations, join the upcoming 6G Research Visions Webinar on 6G Networking that he is hosting which will take place on 9 December 2020. The webinar introduces key findings by the expert group that prepared the 6G White Paper on Networking -  one of the 11 White Papers published by 6G Flagship in June 2020.  

Since 2001, the Highly Cited Researchers list has identified the true pioneers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science, Clarivate defines on its website. Of the world’s scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers truly are one in 1000.


Last updated: 19.11.2020