Professor Arturo Azcorra, Chairman of the Expert Advisory Group of the NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP) and Vice chairman of the 5TONIC Lab, has been invited by the European Commission (EC) to join a European 5G scientific mission to Korea. Experts from both continents meet this week to discuss the present and approaching future of 5G, the ultrafast mobile broadband technology that promises to become the most remarkable communications phenomenon of the decade.
This high level mission is composed of EC officials, distinguished scientists and leading European companies in the area of 5G research and innovation. From October 10th to the 14th the delegation will meet in Seoul with counterparts from the Korean government, top 5G researchers and ICT companies operating in Korea, such as Korea Telecom, KT Telecom and Samsung. Professor Azcorra will be presenting seminal research produced at 5TONIC, one of the most important pan-European testbeds, at the Madrid-based research institute IMDEA Networks and at the University Carlos III of Madrid. He will also be introducing the latest findings on fronthaul-backhaul integration arising from the ongoing EU project 5G-Crosshaul, which he coordinates. This project is one of the foremost research initiatives within the 5G PPP action, which is the EC’s most ambitious initiative in advanced telecommunications research.
IMDEA Networks has adopted a leading role in the development of 5G technologies such as mmWave communications, Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined 5G Networks. It is a founding member of the 5TONIC Lab, which it hosts in its headquarters, and is currently involved in various advanced 5G research projects: the ERC Consolidator Grant SEARCHLIGHT, the EU H2020 projects mmMAGIC, MONROE and Flex5Gware, one national initiative HyperAdapt and another within the scope of the Madrid region, TIGRE5-CM.
IMDEA Networks is thus making its mark in the design of next-generation advanced communication systems “made in Europe”. As the Institute’s Director, Azcorra’s preeminent role in European decision-making bodies in the 5G arena constitutes a well-aimed instrument to attune the Institute’s work to the beating heart of the global 5G research community.