Scottish University to host first IEEE 5G Summit in UK

Dr Robert Stewart, Strathclyde UniversityStrathclyde University will host the international IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) 5G Summit later this month, the first time this event has been held in the UK.   

The summit is expected to attract delegates from around the UK and Europe and provide a valuable opportunity for representatives from industry, academia, government office and government agencies to meet collaborate and exchange ideas around emerging 5G technologies and drive forward its potential.

5G is the term that integrates the development of technology, services and applications for the next generation of wireless and mobile technologies. It will provide faster speeds, lower latency and response times, as well as wider coverage.

In addition 5G will enable large networks and IoT (internet of things), alongside the communications required for autonomous vehicles, high speed transport and drone based aerial communication platforms.

Topics under discussion include the evolution of 5G standards, deployment and trials. The sessions will focus on what this new technology can do and will look at its application in such diverse industries as agriculture, healthcare and IT networks. Its use in media broadcasts will also be discussed along with the roll out of 5G technology to rural areas.

Keynote speakers come from global institutions like Cisco, Nokia and Qualcomm, while Scotland is represented on the day with talks from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, FarrPoint and the University of Strathclyde amongst others.  Other speakers at the event include Parallel Wireless, WHP Telecom, Vodafone, DCMS, Ofcom and the University of Surrey 5GIC.

Professor Bob Stewart from the University of Strathclyde said: “The first IEEE summit was held at Princeton University in the USA in 2015 and since then there have been a number successful summits all over the world, but this is the first in the UK and we are excited to be hosting it.
 
“Scotland has first hand experience of the particular geographic challenges faced in taking new technologies to rural areas and alongside a Plenary Session the event will feature two focused tracks, one on 5G IoT and one on 5G Rural, and considering not just the technology but also the new business models that might be needed.”  

The summit will be held at Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre on Glasgow’s George Street on Monday 14 May.
 
More information on the event can be found here: https://5gsummit.eee.strath.ac.uk/