6G Research Visions Webinar Series:

Deep Dive into Machine Type Communications Towards 6G

Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 5:00-6:30 PM (Helsinki, UTC/GMT +02:00, CET +01:00)

About the Event

As part of the 6G Research Visions Webinar Series, this webinar will address the key drivers, requirements and enablers of MTC towards 6G.

The webinar is moderated by Nurul Huda Mahmood, who led the Expert Group.

Talks by Expert Group representatives:

Welcome by Academy Professor Matti Latva-aho, Director of 6G Flagship.

Introduction to the Webinar and the MTC white paper by Nurul Huda Mahmood, 6G Flagship, University of Oulu, Finland.

Key requirements of an MTC-optimized 6G network by Prof. Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Industrial automation/Industry 5.0 use cases towards 6G by Frank Burkhardt (speaker TBC), Fraunhofer IIS, Germany.

Holistic E2E 6G MTC network vision by Prof. Ingrid Moerman, imec-UGhent, Belgium.

The future of URLLC in the 6G era by Prof Christian Wietfeld, TU Dortmund University, Germany.

The road to Zero Energy MTC by Ravikumar Pragada, Interdigital, USA.

After the talks, a minimum of 30 minutes is reserved for open discussion with the distinguished presenters. A recorded video of the webinar will be openly available after the event.

Nurul Huda Mahmood was born in Bangladesh. He received the Ph.D. degree in wireless communications from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway in 2013. Currently, Nurul is a Senior Research Fellow with 6G Flagship at Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu. Prior to joining 6G Flagship, he was with Department of Electronics Systems at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he last held the position of an Associate Professor. From 2015 – 2018, he was also an external research contractor with Nokia Bell Labs, Aalborg, Denmark. His current research interests include resource optimization techniques with focus on URLLC, critical IoT networks, and modelling and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.

Petar Popovski is a Professor at Aalborg University, where he is heading the section on Connectivity. He received his Dipl. Ing and M. Sc. degrees in communication engineering from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University in 2005. He is a Fellow of IEEE, has over 400 publications in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books and he was featured in the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2018, compiled by Web of Science. He holds over 30 patents and patent applications. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant (2015), the Danish Elite Researcher award (2016), IEEE Fred W. Ellersick prize (2016), IEEE Stephen O. Rice prize (2018) and the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Smart Grid Communications. He is an IEEE Fellow, and currently a Steering Committee Member of IEEE SmartGridComm and IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking. He previously served as a Steering Committee Member of the IEEE INTERNET OF THINGS JOURNAL. He is currently an Area Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. Prof. Popovski was the General Chair for IEEE SmartGridComm 2018 and IEEE Communication Theory Workshop 2019. From 2019, he is also a Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society. His research interests are in the area of wireless communication, communication theory and Internet of Things. In 2020 he published the book “Wireless Connectivity: An Intuitive and Fundamental Guide”.

Frank Burkhardt received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in 2001. He joined Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS (IIS) that same year. Over the years, he has worked in the fields of software defined radio systems, satellite communication, radio channel measurement, and channel modeling. Since the beginning of 2019 he holds the position as group manager of the Industrial Communications Group at IIS, where he focuses on the topic of wireless, ultra reliable, low latency networks for industrial applications.

Ingrid Moerman received her master degree in Electrical Engineering (1987) and the Ph.D. degree (1992) from the Ghent University, where she became a part-time professor in 2000. She is a staff member at IDLab, a core research group of imec with research activities embedded in Ghent University and University of Antwerp. Ingrid Moerman is Program Manager of the ‘Deterministic Networks’ track at imec and in this role she coordinates research activities on end-to-end wired/wireless networking solutions driven by time-critical applications that have to meet strict QoS requirements in terms of throughput, latency bounds and dependability in smart application areas like Industry 4.0, vehicular networks and professional entertainment. Her main research interests include: intelligent and collaborative radio networks, real-time software defined radio, flexible hardware/software architectures for radio/network control and management, Internet of Things, Next generation wireless networks (5G/6G/. . . ), and experimentally-supported research. Ingrid Moerman has a longstanding experience in running and coordinating national and EU research funded projects. Ingrid Moerman is author or co-author of more than 900 publications in international journals or conference proceedings.

Christian Wietfeld received the Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. He is currently a Full Professor of communication networks and the Head of the Communication Networks Institute, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany. For more than 20 years, he has been a coordinator of and a contributor to large-scale research projects on Internet-based mobile communication systems in academia (RWTH Aachen ’92-’97, TU Dortmund since ’05) and industry (Siemens AG ’97-’05). His current research interests include the design and performance evaluation of communication networks for cyber-physical systems in energy, transport, robotics, and emergency response. He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers and holds several patents. Dr. Wietfeld is a Co-Founder of the IEEE Global Communications Conference Workshop on Wireless Networking for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles and member of the Technical Editor Board of the IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine. In addition to several best paper awards, he received an Outstanding Contribution award of ITU-T for his work on the standardization of next-generation mobile network architectures.

Ravi Pragada is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital where he is responsible for incubation & strategy and for leading next generation air-interface and system technologies. Since joining InterDigital in 2001, he has held a variety of senior engineering and management roles. In those roles, he led InterDigital’s research and development teams covering incubation, pre-standards R&D, standardization, technology & product development, and prototyping. His research interests include all areas of advanced wireless solutions covering cellular, IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi®), and IoT technologies with a current focus on ultra-low power communications, sub-THz systems, AI/ML applied to wireless, unmanned aerial systems/drones, millimeter wave air-interface/backhaul design, device-to-device communications, and beyond 5G architectures. He served as vice-chair for the IEEE 1920: Aerial Communications and Networking Standards Working Group. He is a prolific inventor with 200+ granted or pending patent applications. He is a recipient of numerous innovation awards including InterDigital’s Chairman’s Award, President’s Award, multiple CTO awards as well as Lucy Mahjobian distinguished publication award.


The webinar series is organized by the Finnish 6G Flagship program and representatives of the 6G White Paper Expert Groups. For more information please contact us via 6gflagship@oulu.fi.

Highlights of the White Paper on Critical and Massive Machine Type Communication towards 6G

We present the main drivers, potential use cases, key requirements and new service classes pertinent to MTC in 6G networks.

We provide a bird’s eye view of a holistic end-to-end MTC Network Architecture.

We discuss the challenges and potential 6G enablers of ultra-low power, massive and critical MTC.

We touch upon privacy, security and trust concerns in an MTC optimized 6G network.