Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014. Currently he serves as Academy of Finland Professor in 2017 – 2022 and is Director for National 6G Flagship Programme for 2018 – 2026. His research interests are related to mobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses on beyond 5G systems research. Prof. Latva-aho has published close to 500 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.
Keynote: “Key drivers and research challenges for 6G“
As 5G is being commercialized, the research community must focus on solutions for 2030 era. To start with, we need new KPI drivers towards 6G besides the current 5G technical superiority KPIs: global megatrends, UN sustainability goals besides new promising technical enablers are emerging critical drivers towards 2030 solutions. Global coverage with services scaling, super efficient short range connectivity and accurate localization are missing features within current mobile systems and deserve special attention. Value chains are likely to be revolutionized via emergence of different verticals needs as well as local spectrum licensing. Ownership of spectrum, network infrastructure as well as customers will need to be rethought for different use scenarios and future needs. Customized private/local networks is an emerging trend which needs to be supported in future regulation decisions.