5G - A Door Opener to 6G?


5G - A Door Opener to 6G?

Tuesday Nov 20th  10:30am EDT | 9:30am CDT


Prof. Gerhard P. Fettweis, PhD, Vodafone Chair Professor at Dresden University of Technology and Co-Chair of the Future Networks Initiative  

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About the Webinar

As we see 5G unfold, expectations on the economic and societal impact are very high. Many new opportunities shall emerge for new business opportunities, with new vertical entering the market to embrace cellular technology to advance to a new stage of innovation. The Tactile Internet being the most highlighted promise of 5G besides the expectation of increased data rates. The most popularly discussed vertical application areas for the Tactile Internet are the mobility sector and manufacturing (industry 4.0). However, maybe agriculture and construction are closer to see an impact? We shall review economic opportunities, and their derive some basic technical requirements. Analyzing this and mapping it onto the verticals can give us some interesting insights. It also helps build an understanding of detecting missing pieces.

1G was a great step towards ubiquitous voice telephony, but 2G fixed the problems (like international roaming). 3G was a great step towards ubiquitous cellular data, but we needed 4G to fix the challenges. 5G will be an infliction point in bringing cellular to new applications. However, do we again use the 5G generation to understand what is really needed and have to wait for 6G as a fix? Is this fix needed to make the Tactile Internet a reality?


g fettweisAbout the Speaker

Gerhard P. Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC.

Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spun-out sixteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.