Fourth Visions for Future Communications Summit

Research Beyond 6G.

07th, 08th November 2023

Holiday Inn Hotel , Lisbon, Portugal

Organized by NetworldEurope

With the support of 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA), SNS-OPS, European Commission and IEEE

Summary Report

The event summary report is accessible via the subsequent hyperlink: [PDF]


Vision of Future Communications Summit is a top-quality research workshop, with the support of IEEE, oriented to identify key research areas in information and communication technologies in the mid-future of 7 to 10 years. It will follow from the previous event held in 2017, 2019, and 2021, considering that by 2030 6G will be reaching the market. Given the expected innovation cycle times, it is now appropriate that we start discussions on Innovations after 6G .


The Summit will cover multiple research lines, roughly structured along Physical Layer, Network and Control Plane, and Applications and Services. Each research line will have a keynote speaker, and a set of sessions. All sessions will be organized as panels of distinguished speakers from academia, industry and High-level European Commission officials presenting their viewpoints on a subarea within each track. Panels will be oriented to encourage interaction among the panelists and between the panelists and the audience.

The purpose of the Summit is not to show what each presenter knows, but to technically identify what would be promising and challenging to achieve, and will need work from our sector's professionals.

Panels will be enriched with contributions from an open call to the community, and with sessions presenting long-term visions from different stakeholders.


Based on the public presentations and contributions of the international experts, a white paper on seminal research directions for the communications field will be produced. This white paper will be widely distributed to the community, and will be used as input by the European Commission, ITU-T and other relevant stakeholders as a contribution to mid-term research directions.

In our past experience, the discussions have always been very fruitful, and highlighted several areas which have been placed on the R&D roadmap in Europe and U.S. The past Whitepaper, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), has been the basis for the design of the upcoming Smart Networks and Services funding calls. We do hope to have this year the same exciting time we had!

Important Dates

Venue Dates: 07th and 08th November 2023

Program Structure

  • 6th November – AI Workshop( Towards Realistic Usage of AI in 6G Networks )
  • 7th, 8th November – VFCS conference meeting
  • 9th November – NetworldEurope Expert group and SB meeting
  • Committee

    Steering Committee

  • Rui Aguiar, Instituto de Telecomunicações and U. Aveiro
  • Ari Pouttu, University of Oulu
  • Jyrki Huusko, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Heiner Stuettgen, NEC Laboratories Europe
  • Alexandros Kaloxylos, University of Peloponnese
  • Organization Committee

  • José Cabaca, Instituto de Telecomunicações
  • Fatma Marzouk, Instituto de Telecomunicações and U. Aveiro
  • José Quevedo, Instituto de Telecomunicações and U. Aveiro
  • 5G-PPP

    After almost ten years, 93 projects and more than €700 million dispersed funding, the 5th Generation Public Private Partnership, 5G PPP, is drawing to an close. VFCS coincides with the closing of the 5G PPP Steering Board and so you are invited to join us for a short reminiscence on the achievements, progress and lessons learned from a remarkable journey in European telecoms research.

    Social Dinner

    Social Dinner in Tapas and Friends Rossio . Address: Calçada do Carmo

    Programme Structure

    The event will be structured in the following way:

      DAY 1 (November 7th, 2023)
    Time Sessions
    8h45 - 9h15
    9h15 - 9h30
    9h30 - 11h00
    Session 1: System and Architecture
    • Chair: Artur Hecker
    • Ana Aguiar, University of Porto
    • Dan Warren, Samsung
    • Pouria Khodashenas, Huawei
    • Rui Oliveira, INESC-TEC/University of Minho
    11h00- 11h30 Coffee Break
    11h30 - 13h00
    Session 2: Radio
    • Chair: Ari Pouttu
    • Andre Bourdoux, Interuniversity MicroElectronics Centre (IMEC)
    • Arifur Rahman, IS-Wireless
    • Rui Campos, University of Porto and INESC TEC
    • Francois Baccelli, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)
    • Miguel Vasquez, Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CCTC)
    13h00 - 14h00 Lunch
    14h00 - 14h45
    Keynote - A glimpse of the 2030s - Networks of the Future
    • Chair: Rui Aguiar
    • Volker Ziegler, Nokia
    14h45 - 16h00
    Session 3: Views Across the World on Advanced Cellular Systems
    • Chair: Jorge Pereira
    • Learned experience address: 5G Experiences & 6G Innovation - WenKu,CCSA
    • Luciano Mendes,INATEL/6G Brasil
    • Eric Mercier,CEA/PEPR
    16h00 - 17h00
    Closing Event 5G-PPP (Broadcasted)
    • Chair: Alexandros Kaloxylos
    • Colin Willcock, Nokia
    • Dan Warren, Samsung
    • Mikael Fallgren, Ericsson
    • Uwe Herzog, Eurescom
    17h00 - 17h20 Comemorative Coffee Break
    17h20 - 18h00
    Keynote - Quantum technologies and Networking
    • Chair: Rui Aguiar
    • Yasser Omar, Portuguese Quantum Institute
    20h00 Social Dinner
      DAY 2 (November 8th, 2023)
    9h00 - 09h45 Keynote - Chalenges for 2030
    • Chair: Rui Aguiar
    • Peter Cochrane, GA-Global
    09h45 - 11h15 Session 4: Communication Technologies
    • Chair: Carles Anton-Haro
    • Joerg-Peter Elbers, Adtran Networks
    • Tomaso de Cola, Deutsches zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR)
    • Vasilis Friderikos, King ́s College London (KCL)
    • Ingrid Moerman, Jeroen Hoebeke, Interuniversity MicroElectronics Centre (IMEC)
    11h15 - 11h30 Coffee Break
    11h30 - 13h00
    Session 5: Views From Other Domains
    • Chair: Didier Bourse
    • Ovidiu Vermesan, Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation (AIoTI)
    • David Lund, Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE)
    • Fabio Martinelli, European Cyber Security Organization (ECSO)
    • Mario Montagud, (XR/NEM)
    13h00 - 14h00 Lunch
    14h00- 14h45 Keynote - Chalenges and Opportunities for 6G Networks
    • Chair: Rui Aguiar
    • Alexandros Kaloxylos, 6G-IA
    14h45 - 16h15
    Session 6: Security and software enablement
    • Chair: Emmanuel Dotaro
    • Enrico del Re, University of Florence
    • Franco Davoli, University of Genoa
    • Dirk Trossen, Huawei
    • Spyros Denazis, University of Patras
    16h15 - 16h30 Coffee Break
    16h30 - 16h50 Challenge Address - What are key values, after all?
    • Chair: Rui Aguiar
    • Katrina Petersen, Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE)
    16h50 - 17h20
    Keynote - European Perspectives and Priorities
    • Chair: Rui Aguiar
    • Jorge Pereira, European Commission (EC)
    17h20 - 17h30
    Closing: Next Steps
    • Rui Aguiar
    • Ari Pouttu

    Confirmed Speakers


    The Visions for Future Communications Summit will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Lisbon. The hotel is located near the city center.