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Winter School at IT promotes a renewed perspective on 5G and beyond

by IT on 08-04-2018
Twenty enthusiastic students from ten different countries attended the “Joint Winter School on Beyond 5G Networks operating in the Millimetre Wavebands enabled by Joint Analogue-digital Signal Processing” that was hosted by IT in Lisbon from 5-9 March.

In the first day, apart from an introduction to 5G and its standardization, the participants discussed the most promising scenarios for 5G and beyond. The 4.5 days training period also addressed recent advances in propagation and channel models for the millimeter-wave (mmW) frequencies, signal and multi-antenna processing, making use of information theoretic concepts and with emphasis on massive number of antennas and hybrid beamforming schemes. Business aspects, the cost/revenue trade-off, public policies for spectrum sharing, entrepreneurship and IPR protection have also been central parts of the training.

The opportunities created by the raising interest in the millimeter wavebands use was the motto of several debates and a very lively discussion during the “Workshop on Massive Array Antenna Systems for Millimeter Wavebands B5G Networks”, held at the Holiday Inn Lisboa Hotel on March 8th. Opened to the wide research and industry community, this workshop that was part of the Winter School programme culminated in a Panel on Trends on Beyond 5G Research with brilliant contributions from the participants. More than 60 people attended the Workshop.
During this week students also had the opportunity to share their own recent research findings in a poster session that allowed for sharing ideas with their colleagues and tutors. Academic vision has been complemented by industry/services experience and the “hands-on” part of the training (prototyping with OpenAirInterface), culminating with a final work on how to create their own business, as entrepreneurs.

“The Winter School was a contribution for the training of young researchers for wide discussion among instructors and research students, and the community, as well as an outstanding opportunity to create a renewed perspective on Beyond 5G research, by consolidating the existing network of excellence in this field”, said Fernando Velez, IT researcher and one of the organizers of this event.

With plans to organize another winter school, possibly in Madrid, Fernando Velez also revealed a more elaborate plan of organizing Winter/Summer Schools on related topics if a MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE ITN proposal is approved this Spring (2018). The plan is to organize these schools in IT/ISCTE-IUL, IT/Aveiro, UC3M (Madrid), Aarhus University and/or in ATEITHE, Thessaloniki.