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ComSoc Technology News (CTN) is a free, online monthly publication that publishes interesting, timely, and newsworthy articles that span a wide range of topics related to the communications technology industry. Our mission is to be an informational resource that brings diverse perspective and thought leadership, while providing a platform for lively discussion amongst our readers.

CTN is run by a team of volunteer editorial board members who are technical experts in diverse fields. All articles are reviewed and edited by a technical editor. The editor-in-chief performs the final review prior to publication. 

July 2020 Issue

The Role of Academia in Beyond-5G Wireless Research

Summer is usually a time to pause, to reflect, to ponder, and to plan ahead. Even more so in a situation as exceptional as a pandemic. It is therefore fitting that we at CTN also take the opportunity and devote this summer issue to considerations that, while technically grounded on the field of wireless communications, are of a more philosophical nature. And we have found in Prof. Emil Björnson a superb contributor on the matter. The piece below touches on the role of academia in future wireless research, on the importance of models, and on candidate technologies for such research and such models. The issue of modeling, in particular, is of enormous relevance, not only because the scope of a piece of research is only as broad as the validity of the underlying models, but because the ongoing debates on the application of machine learning have much to do with our ability (or lack thereof) of properly modeling increasingly complex communication settings.

Enjoy and stay safe.

Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir and Angel Lozano, CTN Editors


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