New 6G Research Center Brings Together Industry Leaders and UT Wireless Experts



AUSTIN, Texas – By teaming up with industry titans like Samsung, NVIDIA and more, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are launching 6G @ UT, a new research center to lay the groundwork for 6G, the next generation of wireless technology.

5G is emerging as the dominant cellular technology after years of research and innovation that include significant contributions from UT Austin Wireless researchers and alumni. With new technologies on the horizon such as self-driving cars and air taxis, holographic video conferencing, ubiquitous robotics, and immersive augmented reality, UT Austin consolidates its leadership in wireless innovation with this research effort. major on 6G.

“The advances in wireless communications and machine learning over the past decade have been incredible, yet distinct,” said Jeffrey Andrews, director of 6G @ UT, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT. Austin. “Coupled with vast new detection and location capabilities, 6G will be defined by unprecedented native intelligence, which will transform the network’s ability to deliver incredible services. “

The founding subsidiaries of 6G @ UT Samsung, AT&T, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and InterDigital will each fund at least two projects during three years at the center. Researchers from the companies will work alongside UT faculty members and students to develop wireless-specific machine learning algorithms, advanced detection technologies and backbone network innovations that will be the backbone. of 6G.

Click here for comments from founding affiliate executives on the impact the new 6G research will have on the wireless ecosystem.

The next generation of wireless technologies will be infused with technologies that have come of age over the past decade: ubiquitous sensing, machine learning, and the ability to use a higher frequency spectrum in the mmWave and THz bands. These technologies will be at the heart of research at the 6G @ UT center, and they will play a vital role not only in devices and applications running 6G, but also in the management of the network itself.

Radio waves not only facilitate communication, but also detection and location, via radar and GPS, for example. The introduction of THz bands and the higher detection resolution thanks to massively dense antenna arrays will allow operators to better monitor the quality of their networks in a variety of locations – from office towers to busy city centers to zoned areas. remote rural areas. The 6G networks will be loaded with software-defined radar, vision, audio, lidar, thermal, seismic and broadband radio sensors that will provide unprecedented situational awareness to applications and devices operating on the network.

“5G’s vision for sensing has not been bold enough,” said Todd Humphreys, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin. “6G must assume that sensing is not just about reacting to conditions, but anticipating them, so that vital links to automated vehicles, AR / VR headsets and other latency sensitive applications can be maintained with total reliability. “

Other major pillars of the new center and crucial elements of 6G include the need to open new spectrum and low Earth orbit satellite links to improve coverage in rural and urban areas and to design new architectures of network to allow better sharing of resources and infrastructure.

The 6G @ UT center comes from the Cockrell school Wireless Networks and Communications Group, a 19-year-old research center with over 25 faculty members and 130 students and researchers. WNCG has made UT Austin a global leader in wireless technology, and its researchers have made important breakthroughs that have helped enable 4G and 5G technologies. UT Austin graduate students have played an important role in the creation and standardization of these technologies in the industrial subsidiaries of WNCG.

The faculty members involved in 6G @ UT are Jeffrey Andrews, Todd Humphreys, Sanjay Shakkottai, Gustavo de Veciana, François Baccelli, Al Bovik, Constantine Caramanis, Sandeep Chinchali, Alex Dimakis, Brian Evans, Hyeji Kim, Aryan Mokhtari, Lili Qiu , Sujay Sanghavi, Atlas Wang, Haris Vikalo, Jon Tamir, Andreas Gerstlauer, Joydeep Ghosh, José del R. Millán, Edison Thomaz and Nanshu Lu.


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