IT-IUL • 02 Nov 2017
IT brought together USA and EU specialists to forecast what will follow after 5G

On October 23 and 24, Instituto de Telecomunicações hosted at ISCTE-IUL the Visions for Future Communications Summit. The event aimed at answering the question “5G is here; what comes next?”. New systems, transmission, control, security and services, were all topics under analysis in an attempt to project what is beyond 2025.

The event brought together an unprecedented number of world leaders from academia, industry, regulatory agents, and institutions such as the European Commission. The different panels featured talks from researchers such as Prof. Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia Univ., ex-CTO of the FCC, the Federal Communications Commision - the regulatory organ for telecommunications in the USA), Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz (Georgia Tech, founder scientist of the fields of nanocomputation and nanocommunications), Prof. Edward Knightly (Rice Univ.), whose works in the field of wireless were used by the White House, Prof. Andrea Goldsmith (Stanford Univ.), author of multiple ground-breaking works in information theory and in signal processing for wireless communications, and Prof. Lajos Hanzo (Southampton Univ.), one of the most prolific scientists in  wireless engineering. These are just a few examples of the internationally recognized high profile personalities participating in the panels and delivering keynote talks, most of them in the world top-ten ranks of the most cited researchers in their fields.

The Visions for Future Communications Summit was co-organized by IT, ISCTE-IUL and the University of Aveiro, with the support of international institutions such as the IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), the 5G Public Private Partnership (a society which includes the biggest players in the telecommunications’ world) and the Networld2020 (a society of European institutions interested in telecommunications).

Finally, the results of these debates will be developed and compiled into a document that, in addition to being available for the public, will help the European Commission and NSF (the US National Science Foundation) to outline the future of communication networks.

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