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Online Course

7 June 2024 - 10:00 am to 2:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 5 June 2024 at 5:00pm EST

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Online via Zoom


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CEU Credits: 0.45 CEUs

Course Description

A Focus on:  Technologies, Gaps & Opportunities, Research

A framework for 6G along with key use cases, as well as a common view on potential candidate technologies has been developed. Extensive body of global research and flurry of innovations activities are well underway. A range of design requirements are being communicated and studies towards standardization with a path from, and potentially built on, full 5G are expected soon. As we consider this, these questions are of particular significance to address:

What is the end-to-end context, its components and attributes, and its evolution path? The role of generative, adaptive and native AI; the role of integrated sensing; the evolution of integrated space and aerial networks; new architectures and topologies, the evolution and enablement of immersive, time-sensitive & industrial control, and massive communication? End-to-end energy efficiency and environmental, economic, and societal sustainability?

Analysis of each key research area, prospects, use cases, and potential timeline, research challenges, requirements, and potential design paradigms – AI / ML, joint sensing and communication, semantic communication, intelligent reflective surfaces, evolution of cloud-native and softwarization, open virtual RAN, non-terrestrial networks, energy harvesting, others; Anatomy of academic research topics and programs, and impacts on education programs.

How do we prepare for strategic development and decision-making in all aspects, from research to innovations, design of technologies, paradigms and graceful path, management and policies, academic design and programs, as well as building a sustainable, trusted and resilient experience and ecosystem?  

In this course, the instructor will guide participants on a journey to understand the context, insights, vision and new paradigms in full 5G and beyond towards the future systems and 6G.  You’ll explore its potential impact on socio-economic transformation, the future of Internet of Things, the automated industries, the digital experience, and the environment, among others. The ITU-R framework for IMT-2030, with trends, usage scenarios, capabilities, etc. along with ITU-R report on future technology trends will be discussed. 

The discussion on potential extended and new use cases will include how the new technologies will enable immersive human communications, extended reality and digital experience, advancements in robotics, wearables, body & brain-machine interactions, intelligent autonomous vehicles, and smart industry (4.0+).  The course will conclude with a discussion on and summary of research and design challenges and a look at the global status, timeline and way forward. Success factors will include enabling the trends and use cases while considering design imperatives and considerations, with respect to user needs and experience, performance, efficiencies, societal needs, and economic and environmental sustainability in a graceful path.

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Who Should Attend

This course is well-suited for industry / enterprise R&D and other professionals, public or private (from juniors to subject matter experts in various fields and wide range of industries), academia (researchers, program developers, educators), consultants and self-employed who would like to learn more about 5G evolution towards beyond 5G and 6G, in an end-to-end context setting.


Javan Erfanian

Javan Erfanian

IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Speaker


Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will gain an understanding of:

  • The end-to-end context, its components and attributes, and its evolution path. This starts with a recap of 5G evolution technology and design paradigms and potentials to start responding to socio-economic transformation, automated industries and Internet of Everything, and 5G-Advanced to further fulfill the full 5G vision and connect to systems beyond 5G.
  • Trends, gaps, motivations and driving factors for systems beyond 5G towards late 2020s and 2030s - Societal, environmental, economic & operational demands.
  • Use cases, usage scenarios towards automated, intelligent trusted, efficient and sustainable socio-economic transformation and industries, capabilities and (extreme) requirements, feasibility and differentiation towards 6G.
  • Particular focus on technology trends and details of each technology candidate, research activities, challenges, requirements and potential new paradigms, novel architectures, extreme disaggregation, cloudification and openness - Generative and native AI, integration of intelligence, communications, computing, localization and sensing, evolution of integrated space and aerial networks, immersive communication, XR and digital twins, time-sensitive & industrial control, massive machine-type communication, end-to-end energy efficiency of industries and environmental, economic, and societal sustainability.
  • End-to-end design implications, imperatives and considerations.
  • Examples & usage scenarios.
  • Global status and timeline; along with key questions and challenges, research status, direction, prioritization and R&D gaps and needs.

Course Content

A general course outline follows:

  • Motivation & Context 
  • Vision of 5G evolution to beyond 5G, socio-economic digital transformation – new capabilities and new paradigms
    • 5G evolution realities to meet its vision - 5G-Advanced
  • ITU-R Reports on IMT-2030 and Future Technology Trends
  • Road to late 2020s and 2030s - Trends and expected demands, gaps, and motivations for new systems - Driving factors      
    • Use cases and usage scenarios - Expanded and new capabilities. feasibility and (extreme) requirements, 5G differentiation
  • Detailed focus on technologies, research & design - Challenges, gaps / requirements and new paradigms – As outlined above in course description and objectives
    • Detailed technology candidates and enabling technologies – with linkages to usage scenarios, requirements, R&D
    • Design considerations
    • Research status, challenges, and expected direction and impact on studies, R&D & academic programs, and industries
  • Examples and Cases – gaps and direction
  • Global status & timeline
  • Wrap-up and way forward

Course Materials

A copy of the instructor's PowerPoint slides is included. Access to the streaming video recording is provided for 20 business days after the course has been taught. Earn 0.45 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating and completing the post-course evaluation.

The web conference invitation is sent to each participant upon registration,  Course materials will be emailed to participants at least one business day in advance of the course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a course participant cancellation and refund requests cannot be accommodated.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.