The fifth generation (5G) network, promising to provide enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), mission-critical internet of things (IoT), and massive IoT, aims to be the digital transformation enabler in all industry sectors. Moving to 2030, the physical world, digital world, and human world will be even more seamlessly connected and interacted, creating brand new experiences in work, leisure, learning, study, and social activities, accelerating the digital transformation in processes and practices in all industry sectors and public services. These will form the core driver for 6G innovation. Drive for sustainability, represented by the Sustainable De¬velopment Goals (SDGs) in the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 also calls for 6G’s contribution.
In this talk, we will start with a brief review on the megatrend 2030. We look at the transformation from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0, and the role of industrial metaverse in this transformation. We motivate the driving needs for enabling technologies in 6G research. As examples, we share a few use cases in Singapore’s vertical sectors, and present some selected research in massive ultra-reliability low-latency communications (M-URLLC), wireless time sensitive networking (wTSN), software-defined agile spectrum aggregation, and artificial intelligence-enhanced joint sensing, communications and control (JSC2).
Sumei Sun is a Principal Scientist, Deputy Executive Director (Research), and Head of the Communications and Networks Dept at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore. She is also holding a joint appointment with the Singapore Institute of Technology, and an adjunct appointment with the National University of Singapore, both as a full professor. Her current research interests are in next-generation wireless communications, joint sensing-communication-computing-control design, and industrial internet of things. She is a member at large (MAL) with the IEEE Communications Society (2021-2023), a member of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Board of Governors (2022-2024), and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology. She is also the Chairperson of Special 5G Strategy Task Force, and Chairperson of Future Networks Work Group, under the Telecommunication Standards Advisory Committee (TSAC) of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) Singapore.