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19.10.2020 News

6G Waves magazine highlights latest achievements

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.

16.10.2020 News

Beyond communications engineering in 6G

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.

10.9.2020 News

Professor Heli Jantunen Awarded Yushan Scholar in Taiwan

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.

2.7.2020 News

Printed flexible electronics – one step closer to smart clothing

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.

30.6.2020 News

Speeding up 6G research – new White Papers published

6G Flagship has published 11 new 6G White papers.

23.6.2020 News

Digitalisation boosts business

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.

11.6.2020 News

Academy Professor Matti Latva-aho is a veteran of all the ”G's”

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.

3.6.2020 News

Solid-state 3-D range imager technology in full operation

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.

27.5.2020 News

5G/6G Test Network – the nexus of 6G Flagship

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.

5.5.2020 News

Selfishness is not the way forward - Marja Matinmikko-Blue makes the case for shared spectrum

”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.

30.4.2020 News

Expert Groups Devising 6G Targets - Writing Process of New 6G White Papers on the Final Stretch

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.

29.4.2020 News

Using the Onnikka weight management program to meet European clinical practice guidelines

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.

23.4.2020 News

Reliable body-centric communications and sensing

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.

22.4.2020 News

New electronics through new materials

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.

14.4.2020 News

Towards wirelessly powered IoT

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.

7.4.2020 News

Bringing human perspective in digitalisation research

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.

23.3.2020 News

Path towards 6G Clarified at the Virtual 2nd 6G Wireless Summit 2020

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.

3.3.2020 News

New research about treating brain disorders with lasers

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.

4.2.2020 News

Professor Markku Juntti: “6G Is The Glue That Binds Everything Together”

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.”

19.12.2019 News

Connecting you with your digital twin: 6G will bridge the physical with the virtual

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.

10.12.2019 News

Journey of a top researcher: Matti Pietikäinen is a pioneer in machine vision research in Finland

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.

29.11.2019 News

Professor Markku Juntti elevated IEEE Fellow

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.

18.11.2019 News

From the secrets of the universe to the promise of tomorrow: Kari Leppänen maps the world around him in 6G

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."

13.11.2019 News

DigiHealth aims for practical applications

Digital health technology is one of the most important research themes at the University of Oulu. The DigiHealth project also takes researchers to the corridors of Oulu University Hospital.

11.11.2019 News

Carbon nanotubes open new horizons for neuroscience: controlling neural cell outgrowth

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.

16.10.2019 News

Quantum dots technology to revolutionize healthcare and sensing technology: see what’s invisible

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.

9.10.2019 News

Critical communication solutions for public safety and remote businesses

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.

1.10.2019 News

Radio channel expert Pekka Kyösti is shaping the way for 6G research

A mathematician by training, Pekka Kyösti is enjoying what he calls taking “a bit of an outsider look” at the technologies of future mobile telecommunications.

-Even as I have worked with engineers throughout my career, I’ve always looked at things from a different perspective than engineers

9.9.2019 News

World’s first 6G White Paper builds cornerstones for 2030 wireless intelligence

  6G Flagship research program has published world’s first 6G white paper which opens the floor for defining the 2030 wireless era.

25.6.2019 News

New measuring technique and better care for joint cartilage damage as objectives

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.

18.6.2019 News

Finnish Science Award to Professor Heli Jantunen

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.

18.6.2019 News

Connectivity expert Tarik Taleb wants to make noise about 6G

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.

11.6.2019 News

University of Oulu starts collaboration in next-generation mobile communications with South Korean research institute

 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.

22.5.2019 News

Innovation award for women goes to professor Heli Jantunen

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.

15.5.2019 News

Open 5G connection in Finland’s test network now in use

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.  

9.5.2019 News

VR headset developer Steven LaValle chose Oulu

Getting VR right needs a fluid connection between technology and human experience - VR expert Steven LaValle chose Oulu.

2.4.2019 News

6G Mobile Communications Event - a first for Finland and the World

Finland has a long history of leadership in mobile communications. It has just taken the next step in helping shape the world beyond 5G.

12.3.2019 News

Quantum physicists succeed in controlling energy losses and shifts

Achievement can be applied in speeding up quantum computers and designing new quantum technological devices.

31.1.2019 News

Project on smart matrices for knee cartilage repair got 5.5 millions from EU

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.

21.12.2018 News

Calling All Future Makers of Technology – 6G Flagship Is a Chance to Shape the Technologies of Tomorrow

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.

13.12.2018 News

Juha Röning and Pekka Siirtola won an IJIMAI Journal award

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.

30.11.2018 News

Professor Heli Jantunen wins Nokia Foundation Recognition Award

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.

16.11.2018 News

5G is soon here – the time to get into 6G research is right now

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.

10.10.2018 News

5G to improve living conditions in remote areas

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.

4.9.2018 News

5G Test Network enables flexible service solutions for older people’s independent living

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.

9.8.2018 News

University of Oulu is at the top of 6G research - "The university's task is to look forward"

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.

26.6.2018 News

SECREDAS is developing reliable and safe automated systems

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.

25.6.2018 News

Interdisciplinary research showing the way for 5G micro-operators

Fifth generation mobile networks will soon enable many things that prior technology is not capable of. It also challenges the different vertical sectors to renew their business models

21.5.2018 News

Skills and knowledge in electroceramics at the University of Oulu range from composition to components

The Microelectronics Research Unit at the University of Oulu approaches development of electroceramics from the angle of the whole. 

24.4.2018 News

Wisdom of the crowds harnessed for pain prevention

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.

18.4.2018 News

University of Oulu to begin groundbreaking 6G research as part of Academy of Finland’s flagship programme

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.

24.1.2018 News

The Olympic Games in Korea and Oulu will be linked via a 5G connection

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.

17.1.2018 News

Remote presence and cooperation via avatars

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.

9.1.2018 News

Robotics research coordinated by the University of Oulu takes robots to dangerous sites 

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. 

9.1.2018 News

The hundredth doctoral dissertation on telecommunications at the University of Oulu

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.

18.12.2017 News

University of Oulu heading strongly towards 6G in its wireless communications research

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.

18.12.2017 News

Artificial intelligence reads people like an open book

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. 

1.12.2017 News

University of Oulu researcher to international innovation finals 

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?

30.11.2017 News

Launch and co-creation event for new Oulu 5GTN services Dec 11

The new 5GTN Community service environment will opened to companies in Oulu on 11 December. 

23.11.2017 News

Immerse in 5G at Slush

Home to the 5G network, Oulu will make it possible for the international technology community at Slush to live and enjoy the true 5G experience.

9.11.2017 News

Cyber-safe radio waves challenge satellite connections

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.

12.10.2017 News

Speed and security of future 5G applications enhanced with the help of artificial intelligence

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.

29.9.2017 News

Persevering collaboration brings cyber research centre to University of Oulu 

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. 

21.8.2017 News

Intelligent fitness environment combines mobile gaming and physical training

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.