Digital health technology is one of the most important research themes at the University of Oulu and one of the key verticals of 6G Flagship.
The newest highlight is the 6G-enabled sustainable society (6GESS) programme, which aims to develop the scientific framework for a data-driven, hyper-connected future society in which digital eHealth and future energy systems are intertwined.
In most countries, industry is one of the greatest economic sectors. For example, in Finland, it is the second largest after the service sector. We need new innovations to improve productivity and to make manufacturing ecologically and socially sustainable.
Wireless technology innovations and solutions need studying and testing to determine how Industry 4.0 can benefit from them. At 6G Flagship’s Industry research, we aim to work closely with the Finnish industry sector in order to introduce new wireless technologies such as VR, AR, AI, edge computing, and robotics.
Our primary research objective is to help reduce waste and energy consumption and improve productivity and well-being at work. We will also optimize industrial and manufacturing processes to reduce costs and improve product quality.
Vehicles are rapidly becoming digital experience centers, complete with wireless, AI-inspired customized services that can be utilized on the fly. Furthermore, the aspiration toward self-driving vehicles set totally new requirements for autonomous sensing and communications.
Wireless V2X (vehicle to everything) connectivity is a key enabling technology for future cars. This includes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-network (V2N), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication.
Lately, manufacturers have been entering the market with a diverse array of models that allow consumers to customise digital and physical functionality, footprint, and appearance. As a result, vehicles sharing information to make transportation safer, greener, and more enjoyable are at our doorstep.
The energy vertical will need specialized 6G solutions. Only advanced ICT can address the urgent need to expand the integration of dispersed renewable resources into energy networks.
Existing wired connections will benefit from having additional wireless connectivity. New solutions are needed for multi-energy systems, electrified transportation, and energy communities that will emerge in the future.
We, at 6G Flagship’s Energy research, focus on a new generation of wireless-enabled Virtual Power Plants and Energy Management Systems for buildings and enterprises. We will create a road map that leads to a 6G-enabled cyber-physical multi-energy system. Our research will produce new 6G communication and computation technologies that define machine-type communication solutions for the energy vertical.
Security & Defence
Under the guidance of Research Director Hannu Nikurautio, 6G Flagship’s Security & Defence research leads the way in dual-use technology innovation. We offer unparalleled research and testing facilities for the defence ecosystem on both national and international levels. We focus on blending defence strategies with telecom technology to forge secure and resilient communication networks.
Responding to the evolving defence sector’s needs, we’re transitioning from a 5G to a state-of-the-art 6G Test Centre. This centre will not only serve as a hub for our partners and clients but also enable the integration of Terrestrial and Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN), paving the way for a robust, comprehensive 3D network.