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.

For this reason, the University of Oulu selected future communications networks as its theme when taking part in the Academy of Finland's flagship programme's funding application process.  The aim of the flagship programme is to pool together expertise from different fields in Finland to form high-level research and impact clusters that will further contribute to increasing the quality and impact of Finnish research. During the application process, which ended in November, the University of Oulu applied for over 24 million euros in funding from the eight year-long flagship programme under the theme ”6G-Enabled Wireless Smart Society and Ecosystem”.

The project aims to create in-depth 6G expertise to facilitate smart systems. Research and innovation will centre on supporting companies in adopting 5G technology, on the technological development of 6G, the acceleration of digitalisation and ensuring Finland's status as a pioneer of 6G development. The project will be headed by Academy Professor Matti Latva-aho from the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering's Centre for Wireless Communications.

"A new generation evolves cyclically approximately once every decade in mobile network development, and it is thought that the sixth generation will have been introduced by 2030.  This will be a global change of the paradigm, which will challenge the basics of data transfer and thus create completely new starting points for the development of societal systems, services and business models," Matti Latva-aho says.

The University of Oulu's operating models combine high-level scientific research with efficient ecosystem innovation activities. The creation of new knowledge, the development of technology and the growth of human capital are the starting points for strengthening economic development and societal impact.

"We need scientifically researched data to support decision-making in issues that centre on accelerating digitalisation including issues such as the data ownership of future networks, frequency implementation models and business-related value chains. The adoption of terahertz frequencies will require new radio technological and materials-related solutions that will also facilitate the environment's 3D imaging," Latva-aho continues.

The Academy of Finland's flagship programme is an effective mix of cutting-edge research, impact in support of economic growth and/or society, close connections to the business sector and society at large, adaptability and the strong commitment of host organisations. The objective is to establish high quality expertise clusters that are flexible and operate effectively, and which will develop and expand over the project period. Decisions concerning funding for the flagship programme will be made in April 2018.

Further information: Academy Professor Matti Latva-aho, matti.latva-aho(at), tel. +358 (0)294482847

Last updated: 18.12.2017