Session Speaker – 6G Communications

6G: From Connected People, Things to Connected Intelligence

Dr. Peiying Zhu

IEEE Fellow

SVP/ Huawei Fellow

Wireless Research

Huawei Technology Canada




Dr. Peiying Zhu, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, is a Huawei Fellow, IEEE Fellow and Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering. She is currently leading 5G and beyond wireless research and standardization in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced radio access technologies. She is actively involved in 3GPP and IEEE 802 standards development. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G/B5G vision and enabling technologies. She led the team to contribute significantly to 5G technologies and standardization. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and IEEE JSAC on Deployment Issues and Performance Challenges for 5G.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products.


Even though 5G is at the early stage of large scale commercialization, many researchers, companies, government organizations and alliances have been looking beyond 5G and started to envision the next generation of wireless system: definition, use cases, requirements, new services, enabling technologies etc.. Traditionally, ITU-R lead the activities to study technology trend and vision for the next new generation mobile system. It initiated technology trend study in 2020 and vision study in 2021. 

As 5G starts to take hold, everything, in addition to every person, will be connected; with this hyper-connectivity, we will be able to automate every aspect of society. Looking beyond 5G, we predict that 6G will be the platform for connected intelligence, where the mobile network connects vast amounts of intelligent devices and connects them intelligently. Through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), we will be able to build a real-time connection between the physical and digital worlds, allowing us to capture, retrieve, and access larger amounts of information and knowledge in real time and thus make the connected world a connected intelligence. As society moves towards the Intelligence of Everything, 6G will be the key to proliferating AI, delivering intelligence to every person, home, car, and business.

This talk will present an overall vision for 6G with drivers, use cases, KPIs, roadmap and key capabilities, including potential technologies/research directions and associated challenges.

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