Bristol University and Kings College launch 6G Futures centre

August 17, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Bristol University and Kings College launch 6G Futures centre
With projected download speeds 10 times faster than 5G, 6G will also harness the ability of trillions of connected machines to transfer sensory information

A virtual research centre, called 6G Futures, has been launched by the University of Bristol and Kings College, London. The centre has access to over 400 world-renowned experts in telecommunications networks, cyber, artificial intelligence, digital humanities, social sciences and arts to help shape the future of mobile technology for individuals and society.

“The public is only beginning to see first-hand the enormous potential of 5G networks, an area which we have been working on for many years. Through this new centre, we will now focus on the next generation mobile networks – 6G and beyond – and the truly awe-inspiring capabilities these will bring,” said Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab and Co-Director of Bristol Digital Futures Institute.

"6G will be inherently human-centric, and will establish a cyber-physical continuum by delivering real time sensory information, supporting haptics and holograms. This takes us far beyond future-forecasting: crucially, this is about having the specialist knowledge and expertise to transform visions into deliverable solutions, accelerate innovation, and make a positive difference to society worldwide,” she said.

“As adoption of 5G accelerates around the world, it’s important the UK is prepared for 6G as the next generation mobile technology. The creation of this centre is a notable moment for the UK technology sector. We will be developing novel architectures, incorporating federated exchange and self-synthesising mechanisms, advance the internet of skills, and embed blockchain, quantum and federated AI technologies,” said Professor Mischa Dohler, Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s.

“But it’s not just pure tech — we’ll be working on co-creation with verticals toward some truly exciting and societally impacting use-cases, while contributing to policy, alliances and global standards.”

Both institutions research artificial intelligence and machine learning, and King’s specialises in mobile networks and the University of Bristol has particular expertise in wired/wireless technology and network layers.

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