NYU WIRELESS celebrated its 10th anniversary of the Brooklyn 6G Summit that took place Oct 31- Nov 2. It is an invitation-only event that takes place annually at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn 6G Summit is “the world’s flagship event for 6G innovation,” hosted each year by Nokia and NYU WIRELESS, the wireless research center at New York University.

According to the organizers, 6G will seamlessly fuse the digital, physical and human worlds, redefining how we live, work and take care of our planet. The networking at this event is to notch with so many experts attending from around the world. The event included about 50 speakers and panelists who are experts in their fields and leaders in their industries and had more than 20 live demonstrations. The Summit had about 250 attendees from around the globe, representing vendors, academia, operators, regulators and experts from multiple industries. There was also a networking cocktail and VIP dinner where the event awarded the annual Wireless Pioneer Award. This year’s award winners were Raj and Neera Singh of Telecom Ventures which has launched many wireless companies.

The hot topics included demonstrations using AI to adjust signals to maximize capacity and sense objects, terahertz signals to provide huge bandwidths and improved security as quantum computing is expected to represent a great threat to systems in the future.

Nokia says that FWA and metaverse will be a big part of the drive for more capacity. Immersive gaming, e-sports, collaborate robots, real-time digital twins, self-driving transport and holographic communications are some of the applications envisioned for 6G. This will drive the need for more capacity using FR3 and for very high capacity, sub-terahertz signals.

Nokia 6G Frequency Ranges

Three interesting demos I saw were from R&S, Keysight and Anritsu.

R&S and NVIDIA were demonstrating how a neural receiver paired with a learned custom modulation performs in a 5G NR uplink MIMO scenario. The setup combined test solutions for signal generation and analysis from Rohde & Schwarz and the NVIDIA GPU-accelerated open-source library for 5G and 6G link-level simulations. NVIDIA’s platform enables rapid prototyping of complex communications system architectures and provides native support to the integration of machine learning in 6G signal processing. The test bed has been extended to enable the verification of communication systems that apply AI/ML not only in the receiver, but also in the transmitter. The demonstration showcased the application of learned custom constellations, which researchers are investigating as a steppingstone towards pilotless communication. Here is a short video demonstration.

Keysight was demonstrating a joint communications and sensing demo with machine learning. They were using 140 GHz arrays from University of California San Diego using 3 GHz of bandwidth and had various objects at different distances to show how the algorithm would learn what each object was and the probability it was correct. Here is a short video demonstration.

Anritsu was demonstrating 5G smart surface test challenges that are solved with their Shockline Modular 2-port VNA. e2ip required an effective solution to validate performance of its printed 5G smart surfaces. One VNA port acts as a high frequency transmitter and reflects off of the smart surface at a certain angle and the other port is kept at a far distance acting as the receiver. This evaluates how well the signal is reflected with accurate magnitude and phase measurements. Anritsu’s PhaseLync synchronization technology enables the two VNAs to measure full vector S-parameter measurements at up to 100 meters apart.

The Brooklyn 6G Summit is the best networking event in the industry and also the place to explore advanced communications technology. I look forward to the event each year!