Industry experts Samsung, Nvidia, AT&T, Qualcomm and InterDigital along with the University of Texas, Austin announced the collaboration to launch a new research centre 6G@UT, to lay the groundwork for the next generation 6G wireless technology.
Founding affiliates will each fund at least two 6G@UT projects for three years at the centre. The researchers from the companies will work alongside UT faculty members and students with plans to develop wireless-specific machine learning algorithms, advanced sensing technologies, and core networking innovations that will be the backbone of 6G.
“5G’s vision of sensing has been insufficiently bold,” said Todd Humphreys, associate professor in UT Austin’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.
“6G should begin with the premise that sensing is not just for reacting to conditions, but anticipating them, so that vital links to automated vehicles, AR/VR headsets, and other latency-sensitive applications can be maintained with utter reliability,” he added.
The research anticipates better sensing and localisation with THz bands and superior sensing resolution through dense antenna arrays. This is said to allow operators to monitor quality fo their networks.
6G networks, envisaged 6G@UT gurus, will be “loaded with radar, vision, audio, lidar, thermal, seismic and broadband software-defined radio sensors that will provide unprecedented situational awareness to applications and devices running on the network,” according to a UT release.