We are pleased to announce the return of the ETSI Research Conference that will take place on the 6th to 8th February 2023 in ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France. Registration is now open!

This face-to-face event provides an exceptional opportunity for the research community to come together with industry representatives and standardization experts to discuss future technology research and links to standardization developments.

Maximizing the Impact of European 6G Research through Standardization

At the beginning of 2023, the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) will launch the first phase of 5G / 6G research projects, many of which will play a crucial role in the definition of next generation networks. The ETSI Research Conference will provide the perfect platform for these new projects to present their purpose and plans and exchange with the standards experts on their standardization roadmaps. More information about SNS JU projects is available here.

In addition, the ETSI Research Conference will provide guidance to researchers on how to get involved in standardization, present success stories and examples of research being integrated into standards, as well as indications from the standards community as to where they would seek research input to help move next generation standardization forward.

It is intended to make the event a fully interactive exchange between researchers, projects, industry and standards experts, with an overall objective of increasing visibility of European research initiatives and accelerating the journey from innovation / research, standards and on to global market deployments.

The event will also include poster sessions presenting several of the new SNS JU projects.

By attending the event:

  • the research community will be able to learn about the latest European research projects, and the plans for future activities and funding as well as guidance on when, where and how to get involved in standardization
  • the standards community will be able to learn about the latest innovative technology research areas that may have an impact on their future work, as well as making early connections to projects of relevance to their work
  • the wider ICT community will be able to learn about latest research and technology developments and network with the researchers who will be at the leading edge of these innovations
  • all attendees will be able to enjoy an open and honest exchange, and the ability to network with experts leading the technology innovation for the next generation of networks

The agenda outline is available. The stable agenda should be available early December.

The event is open to all upon registration. 

Agenda Outline

The agenda outline is presented below. Both timings and session titles/scopes may be subject to change. 

The detailed agenda will be available in December. The event is scheduled to start at 14h00 on Monday 6 February.

  • Monday 6 February
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    14.00 - 15.30:  Session 1: Opening Address and European 5G/6G Research Landscape

    • The session will provide an outline of the conference objectives, and will set the scene for research in Europe with a presentation of the main EC platforms.

    15.30 - 16.00: Networking Coffee Break 

    16.00 - 17.30: Session 2: National 6G Research Initiatives and Links to Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU)

    • The goal of the session will be to present several National 6G research initiatives and examine how they will work with SNS JU as well as feed research into standards.

    17.30: End of day 1

  • Tuesday 7 February
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    09.00 - 10.30: Session 3: ETSI Tools & Services for Researchers and Academics

    • The objective of the session will be to present the various tools and enablers that ETSI provides to researchers, projects, academia.

    10.30 - 11.00: Networking Coffee Break and Posters Visit

    11.00 - 12.30: Session 4: Enabling Interactions between Research & Standardization

    • The session will address how ETSI standards groups can better interact with research and innovation (provoking research input to technical work).

    12.30 - 14.00: Networking Lunch and Posters Visit

    14.00 - 15.30: Session 5: Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) Projects Part 1  (Stream A, Strand A1 - A7)

    • The SNS Phase 1 (2022) Stream A projects target the development of smart communication components, systems, and networks following the evolution of 5G systems. These projects follow an evolutionary path towards the development of 6G networks, relying on the development of an intermediate technology point. As such, the solutions developped by these projects are closer to the current standardization activities of 3GPP and other relevant SDOs and stand a chance to impact standardization in the short to mid-term. To achieve that, clear technology evolution directions and concrete targets with regards to standardization organizations and Work Groups are needed, aligned with the current SDO roadmaps.
      In this session, each project will present its key objectives, the technologies with potential for significant standardization impact and their standardization plans, and commonly discuss how to maximize short to mid-term impact in relevant SDOs.

    15.30 - 16.00: Networking Coffee Break and Posters Visit

    16.00 - 17.30: Session 6: Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) Projects Part 2 (Stream B, Strand B1 and B4)

    • The SNS Phase 1 (2022) Stream B projects perform research for revolutionary technology advancements, in preparation for 6G and revolutionary advancements of IoT, devices and software. The strand B1 and B4 projects specifically will engage in 6G System Architecture research and Smart and Secure service development, respectively. These projects will attempt to address fundamental principles of the 6G system, which lay at the basis of technology standardization. Their findings stand the chance to significantly affect initial 6G discussions (use case/system requirements, KPIs, interfaces, etc.) in various SDO bodies, and as such concrete plans are needed with tight synchronization with the relevant SDO activities.Each project will present its key objectives, key enabling technologies researched and standardization plans, focusing on the identification of the proper SDO WG/body and the timing to maximize standardization impact.

    17.30: End of day 2

  • Wednesday 8 February
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    09.00 - 10.30: Session 7: Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) Projects Part 3 (Stream B, Strand B2 and B3)

    • The SNS Phase 1 (2022) Stream B projects perform research for revolutionary technology advancements, in preparation for 6G and revolutionary advancements of IoT, devices and software. The strand B2 and B3 projects specifically will address Wireless communication and infrastructure technologies as well as 6G device technologies targeting innovative solutions of low TRL with a long-term horizon. As such, these projects stand to create some of the most significant innovations of the 6G system with end-to-end implications for the entire 6G chain. To ensure that these innovations become part of the 6G family of technologies, early planning and clear identification of the relevant SDO bodies and their respective roadmaps is necessary, while good knowledge of the ongoing standardization activities and decisions, will also help steer the project research in the correct direction to achieve maximum impact.

    10.30 - 11.00: Networking Coffee Break and Posters Visit

    11.00 - 12.30: Session 8: Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) Projects Part 4 (Streams B, C, D, Strand B5, C1, D1)

    • The SNS Phase 1 (2022) projects of this session perform holistic research on the 6G system (strand B5), provide the necessary infrastructure, experimentation tools and interfaces to test and validate 6G innovative solutions (strand C) throughout the SNS program lifetime, and realize large-scale trials and pilots to investigate the performance and effect of the 6G solutions in realistic vertical use cases (strand D). These projects are tasked with providing the final end-to-end, holistic definition of the 6G system (from end-user requirements & use cases, to technologies, architecture, interfaces, devices and more) and to create the proper tools and put all previous innovations to the test, for a realistic evaluation of their capabilities. These activities go hand-in-hand with standardization activities as on one hand close monitoring of standardization developments will allow fine-tuning and adjustment of the research and proposed solutions and will allow for the identification of gaps that may be improved and on the other hand it will create opportunities for maximum standardization impact by offering solutions, evaluation data and insights in the correct moment to affect decision making within the SDOs.

    12.30 - 14.00: Networking Lunch and Posters Visit

    14.00 - 15.30:  Session 9: Research into Standards - Lessons Learned, Overcoming Challenges

    • During this session, attendees will hear from research projects who have successfully impacted standards.

    15:30 - 16.00: Session 10: Conclusions, Guidance for Researchers, Projects, Academics, Standards Makers and Next Steps

    16:00: End of the ETSI Research Conference 2023

Venue:

ETSI Headquarters
650 Route des Lucioles
06560 Valbonne - Sophia Antipolis
FRANCE

Tel: +33 4 92 94 42 00

Information about the venue, travel, visa, local transports, accommodation is available here.

Members of the Programme Committee:

  • Rui L. Aguiar, Steering Board Chair, NetworldEurope
  • Bernard Barani, Deputy Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • David Boswarthick, Director NET (New Technology Department), ETSI
  • Carlos Lopez Rodriguez Policy Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Diego Lopez, ETSI ISG PDL Chair, ETSI ISG NFV NOC Chair
  • Markus Mueck, Programme Committee Chair, ETSI Board Vice Chair, ETSI Board RISE Chair
  • Kostas Trichias, 6G-IA Riccardo Trivisonno, 6G-IA Pre-Standards Working Group Chair
  • Colin Willcock, 6G-IA Board Chair
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