ATIS Next G Alliance Forms 6G Research Council
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 | Comments

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)’ Next G Alliance formed the Next G Alliance (NGA) Research Council and published its “6G Research Priorities.” These actions are the first steps in aligning the future vision for 6G in North America with the research that will drive wireless leadership over the next decade.

The council brings together leading industry and academic experts from the NGA to collaborate on the development of a comprehensive North American 6G research strategy. It will leverage key NGA findings and lay the groundwork for cooperative efforts that may be undertaken by government, industry and academia in North America. Research council members will also advance research goals established by the NGA, working with the U.S. and Canadian governments as well as private-sector 6G research communities.

“The research council will drive the NGA’s research agenda forward as a leadership resource within the NGA and externally through engagement in academic, governmental, and industrial research forums,” said Dr. Eric Burger, who heads the NGA Technical Program Office at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation.

Research Council members are Dr. Muriel Medard of MIT, Dr. Tommaso Melodia Northeastern University, Dr. Nick Laneman of Notre Dame University; Dr. Zhi Ding of UC Davis, Dr. Ekram Hossain of University of Manitoba, Dr. Jeff Andrews of the University of Texas (UT) Austin, Dr. Andrew Clegg of Google, Dr. Amitava Ghosh of Nokia, Dr. Nageen Himayat (Intel), Dr. Ali Khayrallah Ericsson), Dr. Meryem Simsek of VMware and Dr. Ed Tiedemann of Qualcomm.

“Developing an action plan to advance NGA goals in unison with the government and 6G research communities is the Research Council’s first step,” said Next G Alliance Managing Director Mike Nawrocki. “The goal is to assess the current public and private sector research landscape in North America and advance collaborative opportunities that put North America at the forefront of 6G research and global leadership.”

Since launching its ambitious technical work program over a year ago, the NGA has grown to include over 100 information and communications technology companies, academic institutions, and government agencies operating in the North American market. The NGA Research Priorities are the culmination of collaboration among NGA working groups, involving more than 800 experts from the 6G wireless ecosystem. They cover applications, technologies, sustainability goals, and social and economic drivers. These priorities directly support the six “Audacious Goals” set forth in NGA’S “Roadmap to 6G” in the areas of trust, security and resilience, digital world experience; sustainability, cost-efficient solutions; distributed cloud and communications systems; and AI-native wireless solutions.

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