Finnish 6G Flagship programme has published a new issue of 6G Waves magazine today. The 56-page magazine highlights latest achievements, collaborations, and the expertise of innovators who are taking 6G research to the next level. Stories also demonstrate how our experts contribute to 5G adoption and beyond 5G development with collaborators in various sectors.
Enthusiastic and expressive, Mehdi Bennis has a way of pulling a listener into his field of excitement without resistance. The Centre for Wireless Communication associate professor has been wrapping his head around the 6G vision and while thinks the real revolution is yet to come, he has a pretty good idea where it will come from.
Heli Jantunen, the receiver of 2019 Finnish Science Award, was awarded Yushan Scholar by the Ministry of Education (MOE), ROC Taiwan. Professor Heli Jantunen is a current Head of the Microelectronics Research Unit at the University of Oulu. Her works on ultra-low temperature co-firing ceramics in particular have received world-renowned recognition.
The researchers of the University of Oulu, together with their partners from VTT Research Center and Polar Electro, developed a new system of electrodes that can be implemented into our clothing and withstand our daily routines.
Digital business can be found in all sectors. Researchers at the University of Oulu analyse opportunities for digitalisation and help companies to develop a new business model. Their partners include the Port of Oulu, which is building a 5G local network with digital services.
Academy Professor Matti Latva-aho is now known as the head of 6G Flagship, and is the international face of 6G research that stems from Oulu and Finland. Not shying away from 'impossible' things, Latva-aho has always taken on challenges more formidable than the one before throughout his career. ”I have never tried to take the easy way out, that's just who I am”, says Latva-aho, and that is surely one of the traits needed in a man who's in charge of a spearheading effort in next-generation research in telecommunications.
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.
”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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The founder of the Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis of the University of Oulu Emeritus Professor Matti Pietikäinen is one of the most established researchers of his field. A Highly Cited Researcher recognition is received for articles that rank in the top 1% by citations for the field in question.
Markku Juntti, Professor of Communications Engineering, from University of Oulu Finland, has been elevated to the grade of an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to multiuser and multiantenna communications. The technologies are used in mobile communications systems both in base station network infrastructures and mobile handsets worldwide.
Many of us gaze at the stars and think, Wouldn’t it be fun to be an astronomer? Find out the secrets of the universe, life? But not many of us have the wherewithal to become astronomers, though. Professor of Practice Kari Leppänen at 6G Flagship does. For a while, he pursued a career in radio astronomy. “I know exactly how the recent image of the black hole was created."
Researchers of the Microelectronics Research Unit (MIC) at the University of Oulu have demonstrated in collaboration with Tampere University that carbon nanotubes can be used to control the direction of neural cells growth.
Researchers of the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Unit (OPEM) at the University of Oulu have invented a new method of producing ultra-sensitive hyper-spectral photodetectors. At the heart of the discovery are colloidal quantum dots, developed together with the researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada. Quantum dots are tiny particles of 15-150 atoms of semiconducting material that have extraordinary optical and electrical properties due to quantum mechanics phenomena. By controlling the size of the dots, the researchers are able to finetune how they react to different light colors (light wavelengths), especially those invisible for the human eye, namely the infrared spectrum.
A major project PRIORITY will research, develop and trial critical communication solutions for authorities and remote businesses. A key target will be to complement existing mission critical voice and messaging services with broadband data capability, using commercial 4G and 5G wireless networks.
New methods for the research and treatment of joint cartilage damage are being developed at the University of Oulu. So far, the results of the extensive international projects MIRACLE and RESTORE are promising.
Professor Heli Jantunen of the University of Oulu is the winner of the Finnish Science Award 2019. The award is granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture based on a proposal of the Academy of Finland. It was presented by Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko during the Science Forum.
Professor Tarik Taleb is all about networks. Not in the social mingling, here-is-my-business-card-we-should-do-lunch sense, although he is no doubt proficient in that, too. Taleb runs the MOSA!C Lab in Aalto University and, according to him, everything the lab does is related to connectivity. Taleb has been involved with the 6G Flagship from the start and is working on the first white paper on the subject with professor Matti Latva-aho and the team. Taleb is bridging the research collaboration between Aalto University and the University of Oulu and splits his time between the two universities.
The University of Oulu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) from South Korea. The agreement concerns collaboration in 5G and 6G mobile communications. The Memorandum was signed by Dr. Hyun Kim, Vice-President of Hyper-Connected Communication Research Laboratory and Dr. Jouko Niinimäki, rector of the University of Oulu.
Paula Risikko, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, has given the innovation award for women to professor Heli Jantunen for inventing a low-temperature method for producing ceramic components. Jantunen works at the University of Oulu. The prize is worth EUR 110,000.
The 5G test network of the University of Oulu has now officially moved from the laboratory onto the rooftop, indicating the era of an open 5G connection. The 5G base station was succesfully integrated into the network in accordance with the standardised architecture, and the first 5G data connection has now been established with test devices.
The Microelectronics Research Unit (MIC) and the Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology (MIPT) at University of Oulu have received a new funding (about 1 million euros) from EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 for innovative strategies to repair cartilage damage. The RESTORE project joins 9 European partners from 7 countries. The total funding for the 3.5-year project is worth 5.5 million euros.
6G Flagship, the ground-breaking research programme currently underway in the University of Oulu, is offering researchers nothing less than a chance to make their mark in future connectivity. The challenges will be difficult, make no mistake. However, a running 5G test network, close ties with industry leaders, and a diverse and passionate team of experts will guarantee the best possible starting point from where to take them on.
International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence has granted an award to Juha Röning and Pekka Siirtola of University of Oulu for the Most Outstanding Article published in 10 Years of the journal life. Of course, the writers are really impressed and thankful.
Nokia Foundation has granted its 2018 Recognition Award to Professor Heli Jantunen from University of Oulu for her outstanding contributions to research and development of microelectronics, manufacturing and materials.
The world is on the verge of entering the fifth generation in cellular networking, or 5G. 2019 will be the year of 5G, with commercial 5G networks rolled out across the globe. 5G is full of promise: driverless cars, smart homes, and virtual reality (VR) for everyone, everywhere. We are headed into the next generation, but no one can still say exactly how 5G will change our lives. Which is why right now is the perfect time to start looking at 6G.
Wireless data communication is often still very underdeveloped in remote areas. The University of Oulu’s Centre for Wireless Communications is participating in the development of the 5G network in the remote parts of Brazil and the Arctic area.
Sensors installed in the spacious sunlit home of Erkki Alatalo (91) transmit data on his morning activities. Calmness prevails, as the senior resident of Caritas-home is enjoying his breakfast while surmounting a Sudoku challenge. Careful analysis of the sensor data utilises artificial intelligence producing a model of his daily routines, which is subsequently used for organising individualised nursing and support services by Caritas. As a joint effort, Caritas, three technology companies - Haltian, Indalgo and Kaltiot - and 5G Test Network experts at the University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland contribute to security and comfort for longer living at home in a mature age.
The 6G research programme at the University of Oulu is one of the first ones in the world. "Again we have to do things that we cannot really do yet. That is the purpose of science", Professor Aarno Pärssinen says when faced with the challenge.
The new large European SECREDAS project builds a reference architecture for reliable and secure automated systems. The project focuses on the automotive industry, rail transport and individual healthcare. They all require high levels of operational certainty and safety, and include technologies such as radar systems, vehicle-to-infrastructure and in-vehicle networks.
The Kipuriihi tool developed at the University of Oulu assesses the effectiveness of treatments for lower back pain using wisdom of the crowds. In April, Kipuriihi will be introduced in Canada at the world's premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction.
The Academy of Finland has selected the University of Oulu’s proposal 6G-Enabled Wireless Smart Society & Ecosystem as one of the first two flagships in the new national research funding programme. The flagship programme aims to further increase the quality and impact of Finnish research by funding the most prominent research clusters with high scientific merits and impact in supporting economic growth or society at large. The flagships will carry out ambitious research programmes enabled by substantial funding for a period of eight years.
The next generation wireless data transmission system, 5G, which has been described as revolutionary, is about to be introduced. The University of Oulu research unit Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) is represented in the 5G Olympics team that will launch the first intercontinental public 5G network connection in the world.
How does co-operation with others work when face-to-face interaction is moved to the virtual world and physical presence replaced with an avatar playing field that opens up through virtual reality headsets? The University of Oulu is interested in exploring virtual reality in technology and in human sciences.
Robots are being explored as a solution for safer and more cost-efficient maintenance of difficult-to-access industrial sites. A data technology project coordinated by the University of Oulu has been granted funding amounting to almost four million euros from the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme.
The high demand for experts and rapid technological development within the ICT sector increase the number of doctoral dissertations in telecommunications. The hundredth doctoral dissertation made at the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) will be examined on Tuesday 9 January.
Future data communication, as well as the new types of services it will facilitate, is without a doubt one of the University of Oulu's profile areas. Data communication technology, and especially wireless data communication research, has long been one of the university's strengths and has had an enormous impact on the type of cluster of experts and companies that has formed around the University of Oulu.
The latest trends in the research on artificial intelligence at the University of Oulu are related to human well-being and activity. Artificial intelligence identifies emotions from both human face and voice, and turns the operating environment into a ‘smart space’ Sanna Järvelä, professor in the field of learning and educational technology, envisions using artificial intelligence for stimulating learning.
Imagine a doctor wearing a camera-based device to unobtrusively monitor a patient’s physiological measurements or diagnosing possible diseases by simply observing a patient’s face from a distance. Sounds convenient, right?
Hailing from the University of Oulu, KNL Networks aims to become a leading communications service provider for the maritime industry. The company came up with the idea of harnessing high-frequency radio waves for long-distance digital communications. The HF data network offers a safer and more affordable alternative to satellite communications.
The cutting edge 5G research carried out at the University of Oulu is boosted by significant funding granted to its research team for the development of research on artificial intelligence. Around the 5G network, new technologies and applications are already being developed in which low latency and security are critical factors in settings such as hospitals, industry or steering of vehicles.
A research centre for cyber security is to be established at the University of Oulu as a Finnish-American collaborative effort. Setting up the centre at the University of Oulu is the result of persevering international cooperation that has been carried out in Oulu especially in research into data security and wireless data communications.
It has traditionally been thought that computer gaming and physical training compete with one another for our free time and are opposites with regard to the impact they have on our health. However, gamification, sensors and mobile games now offer the tools for increasing activity and picking up healthy habits as part of daily life for people of all ages.