UT Austin Leads 6G Research With Industry Heavyweights


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Although 5G is still rolling out worldwide, researchers at the University of Texas (Austin) are already embarking on 6G wireless tech studies. According to UC Today, the university researchers, who contributed to 5G strategies, are partnering with companies like NVIDIA, Samsung, AT&T, InterDigital, and Qualcomm, who will fund at least two projects over three years on this new [email protected] adventure.

University students and faculty will partner with industry researchers and anticipate that 6G will be driven by “native intelligence,” which should create new outcomes for networking. The next generation of wireless, according to [email protected], will be infused with technologies developed over the past ten years, such as machine learning, ubiquitous sensing, and the ability to use higher frequencies at mmWave and THz bands.

UC Today reported that the radio waves central to 6G would facilitate communication and help with localization and sensing via GPS and radar technology. In addition, the introduction of THz and enhanced sensing resolution will allow carriers to monitor network quality more effectively in urban and rural locations alike, including in-building networks. 6G networking will require new low Earth orbit satellite links, spectrum tools, and more to improve coverage throughout the world.

The [email protected] initiative will explore connectivity in a world of holographic conferencing, autonomous cars, and intelligent machines, reported UC Today. According to the Director of [email protected], Jeffrey Andrews, the advances in machine learning and wireless communications have been sensational but separated in the last decade. 

UT researchers believe that 6G will need to focus on sensing, anticipating conditions. According to Associate Professor from the UT Austin Department of Engineering Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, 

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