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Virtual Talk: Enabling next-gen mobile connectivity

Imec VP and R&D for Connectivity Michael Peeters explains how to tackle the big challenges as we move into the era of 6G pre-competitive research.

Similar to what happened in the past, much of 6G will be defined by the evolution of 5G. But in order to to create a network that truly serves new usecases driven by new users, some aspects will need more than piggybacking on the steady improvement of Moore’s law for digital performance.

In this talk, Michael Peerters focuses on four major domains that need to be tackled:

  • sub-THz radio technologies driving compound semiconductor devices and circuits, such as InP, at cost
  • dynamic spectrum, spatial and infrastructure sharing
  • distributed massive MIMO and its deployment complexity
  • integrated/joint communication and sensing

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Michael Peeters profile

Michael Peeters is VP of R&D for Connectivity at imec. His previous experience as CTO for both the wireline and wireless business lines at (what is now) Nokia was built on the culture, enthusiasm, and love for technology and science that he got from his time at Bell Labs—and the principles of Free Inquiry bestowed on him by his alma mater, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Next to this, he has served as the President of the CBRS Alliance, on the Board of 5G Americas, and on the Board of ATIS. Passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers with the challenges of communications, he currently also lectures in advanced wireless and 5G networks at the University of Antwerp.

During his research career starting with a Ph.D. in applied physics and photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), he has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and many white papers. He holds patents in the access and photonics domains. An electrotechnical engineer by training, he is a senior member of IEEE and a Fellow of the VUB.

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