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Ericsson partners with Brazilian universities to develop 6G

The robotics laboratory inside the building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Unicamp (Photo: Pedro Amatuzzi/Inova Unicamp)

Ericsson presented, together with Fapesp and Uniamp, last Monday the 6th, the Research Center in Engineering Smart Networks and Services 2030 (Smartness), which aims to study the progress of 5G and its transition to 6G . The space will work with research to create artificial intelligence-based networks and advanced digital applications at the next frontier of technology.

“We want to build the network platform for the future. To help develop new services and applications, such as augmented reality, which will be vital to the metaverse,” said Mateus Santos, head of research at Ericsson in Brazil. “Spatiality will also bring work in cognitive technologies, such as a cellular network with artificial intelligence and minimal human intervention,” he added.

According to Christian Rothenberg, a professor at Uniamp’s electrical engineering faculty, Smartness will work on the evolution of technologies that are available on the market today, such as:

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working groups

Christian Rotheberg, professor at Unicamp (Photo: Pedro Amatuzzi/Inova Uniamp)

These concepts will allow the future development of applications such as augmented reality, multimodal human-machine interaction, holograms, AI robotics, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). To achieve this level of networks and applications, Smartness will work on three lines of scientific innovation:

– Custom edge computing that will include carrier cloud studies, home advantage, decentralized data distribution, network virtualization, and mesh service;

– Cognitive architectures using AI and machine learning in networks, intelligent machine deployment and big data warehouses;

– Control and data planes (fluid networks) to ensure that the cognitive architecture is ready for new applications, in addition to network 2.0 sharing, goal-based networks, automation, network computing and distribution sensitivity (time ).

The basis of studies will be the robustness and reliability of mobile networks, something that includes topics such as security, privacy, protection and ethics in artificial intelligence.

How it will work

In the video, Marcondes Cesar Junior, professor (Photo: Pedro Amatuzzi/Inova Unicamp)

In the push and pull format, the idea is that the Smartness management groups (Ericsson and market leaders) show the research requirements and the center’s researchers will conduct studies with the objective to discover, generate ideas and trends that help to standardize technologies and even generate intellectual properties. The idea is that IPs can be produced for up to five years, depending on the evolution of each working group.

“This is an opportunity for people from Unicamp and companies like Ericsson to work together on projects,” said Marcondes Cesar Junior, a professor at IME-USP, who will be a partner in the project. “We’re talking about students working side-by-side with academic researchers as well as Ericsson executives and technicians,” he added in a video chat.

Although the Center has just been created, Valéria Marquezini, research master at Ericsson, recalled that the company has been working with Brazilian universities since 2000. This partnership yielded 150 patents (including in 5G), 1000 publications, 300 theses and 300 million Swedish kronor. of investment.

Currently, 60 researchers from Brazilian academia work in partnership with Ericsson.


Valéria Marquezini, research master at Ericsson (Photo: Pedro Amatuzzi/Inova Uniamp)

Based in Campinas, the project has a total investment of BRL 56 million until 2033, BRL 28 million in cash with Fapesp and Ericsson (half each) and BRL 28 million with Unicamp, which will provide the researchers and the location. There is still an expectation that the university will get a new building within four years to house a center and researchers.

While the academic venture is not ready, work will be done on the Electrical Engineering course building in a dedicated space. The Ericsson research unit in Indaiatuba/SP will also have close participation of professors and students.

In addition to Unicamp students and researchers, Smartness will collaborate with leading researchers from USP and UFSCar, as well as affiliated researchers from 14 other universities: UFABC; UFAM; UFES; UFG; UFPA; UFRN; UFCG; UECE; UFO; Unisinos; Unipampa; UFRGS; UFBA; UFMG.

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