Pentti Kaitera Foundation Award to Matti Latva-aho

The Professor Pentti Kaitera Foundation Award 2016 has been awarded to professor Matti Latva-aho as recognition for his distinguished research on the field of communications engineering, and for his important work for promoting well-being in Northern Finland. The award was presented to Prof. Latva-aho on 24 November 2016.

Matti Latva-aho is one of the world’s leading researchers in communications engineering. In his research Latva-aho focuses on high-frequency wireless communications systems and development of 5G technology. The capacity of wireless communications networks is essentially limited by frequency band whose use is restricted. New frequency bands for mobile communications will come only with much higher frequencies than are used today. This causes big changes in how future wireless radio systems should be designed and optimized. Latva-aho’s research will produce a pioneering understanding on how the design criteria for future wireless systems will change, and what kinds of transfer technology and transmitter-receiver solutions should be used in them.

In his thank you speech, Latva-aho gave a prediction on how his field will develop: “Advances in mobile technologies will not end in 5G for sure. We in CWC are already starting little by little to focus some of our research to the time after 5G. What might the solutions of the 2030’s mean to us in terms of applications? We have no crystal ball, but personally I believe that in 20 years, business travel, for example, will no longer exist in its current scale, because different virtual reality based solutions will take us around the world in time and place in an instant. Telepresence will then be taken for granted where WhatsUp, Skype and other similar applications are taken for granted now.”

Professor Latva-aho has worked in the field of telecommunications in the University of Oulu from early 1990’s. During 1998-2006 he directed the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) research centre in the University of Oulu, and currently he is the director of CWC’s Radio Technologies research group.

Academy of Finland has selected Latva-aho as Academy Professor for the term 1.1.2017–31.12.2021. The Kaitera Award sum is 20,000 euros.

Picture: The award was presented to professor Matti Latva-aho by chairman of the Kaitera Foundation board, Aija Kaitera.

Last updated: 1.12.2016