Professor Arturo Azcorra, one of the top European experts on the fifth generation of mobile communication networks (5G), has been invited by the European Commission (EC) to present 5TONIC at the upcoming EU-China Summit on 5G. 5TONIC is an open research and innovation laboratory focused on 5G technologies and headquartered at the Madrid research institute IMDEA Networks.
In the context of the ongoing scientific cooperation between Europe and China on the development of 5G, a high level Chinese delegation will visit the European Commission premises in Brussels on the 12th of July 2017. The delegation will include several officials from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and also representatives of industries involved in the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group of China. They will meet with their European counterparts, all members of the EU-5G Public-Private Partnership for Infrastructure (5G PPP).
The main purpose of this encounter is to discuss feasible joint EU-CN research demos and trials throughout the period 2018-2021 as well as prospects of research collaboration on the topic of the Internet of Connected Vehicles. As Vice chairman of 5TONIC, Azcorra believes that the lab would be an optimally-equipped scenario to enable concrete opportunities of collaboration in these hot topic of the 5G R&I area.
Arturo Azcorra holds a preeminent role in European decision-making bodies working towards the design of next-generation advanced communication systems. He is Chairman of the Expert Advisory Group of the NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), Partnership Board member and member of the Vision Group within the 5G Infrastructure Association, and Director of IMDEA Networks. The Institute is an associated member of the 5G PPP, which Azcorra contributed to launching, having being a member of its Steering Board during its inception period (2013-2015).