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Newly Appointed Joint Research Professor Predicts Machines will Drive Future Wireless Demands

The future of wireless networks will be increasingly driven by machine demands, not human demand, according to leading wireless communication expert newly appointed to University College Cork (UCC), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and Tyndall National Institute.

Prof Holger Claussen shares this assessment of the future of wireless networks as he takes up his new role as Joint Professor of Wireless Communications at UCC and TCD. The role was created for Tyndall’s new Dublin research laboratory at CONNECT, the SFI Research Centre for Future Networks, based at TCD.

Speaking about his research, Prof Claussen explains that future networks will connect the human, physical, and digital worlds, which will provide instant access to limitless information and near-infinite computing resources, to both humans and machines.

Real-time applications such as augmented reality (AR)/ virtual reality (VR) and holographic video will provide new capabilities, and reliable low latency communications will be even more important than capacity. In addition, new functionality such as high-resolution sensing and localization is becoming crucial for industrial and robotic applications.

Addressing how to respond to this demand to further improve on 5G networks, Prof Claussen said, “specialisation will be key, but designing and standardising specialised solutions can be slow and expensive. The solution is to create a hyper-flexible artificial intelligence (AI) defined network, which can automatically adapt to meet even the most extreme requirements.”

Speaking about the new appointment, Prof William Scanlon, CEO, Tyndall said, “Prof Claussen’s Joint Professorship is an exciting development in the delivery of Tyndall’s ambitious growth plans where our goal is to significantly scale our research and its impact. Our expansion into Dublin is testament to Prof Claussen’s reputation as a renowned thought leader in wireless communications and an internationally recognised scientific authority in the area of small cell networks. His extensive research and leadership experience from one of the world’s most influential research organizations, Nokia Bell Labs, positions Ireland to the forefront of this critical technology. We look forward to supporting him as he establishes a world leading research team.”

Prof John O’Halloran, President of UCC, said, “the Joint Professorship, based at Tyndall, will create a new focus and approach, underpinning a world leading research team solving fundamental challenges in wireless and AI. The outcomes will have broad societal impact, transforming how we work, live, learn, and how we interact with each other, with machines, and our environment.”

Linda Doyle, Provost and President at TCD, said, “I welcome this Joint Professorship as a practical way of establishing closer collaboration between researchers in Trinity, UCC and Tyndall. The focus of Professor Claussen’s work is very exciting – it has the potential to unlock the full capabilities of augmented reality, virtual reality and holographic video by using AI to manage the demands on wireless networks. This will have a wide range of potential applications in areas such as medicine, education and entertainment. I am glad that this partnership will also see Professor Claussen’s research group working closely with CONNECT’s world leading researchers in Trinity, with both teams availing of each other’s facilities.”

Source: Science Foundation Ireland

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