Third Visions for Future Communications Summit

Strengthening the Path Towards 6G.

24th, 25th November 2021

Holiday Inn Hotel , Lisbon, Portugal

Organized by NetworldEurope with the support of 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA), European Commission and IEEE


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, and 2019, considering that now 5G is in the market and we need to Strengthen the Path Towards 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 stake holders 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!


The Summit will have three different types of potential contributors: a couple of keynote speakers; a set of invited distinguished contributors directly invited; contributions to the discussions in the sessions, that have a significantly time reserved; and an open call for new ideas, which will be presented at the same level of the invited speakers.

The open call for new ideas will be used to select several speakers, presenting interesting ideas for future research. If interested, please send one page A4, with an abstract of the topic you would like to present, and a small rationale why this should be included in the EU research roadmap. The document should be sent to, until 25th October 2021. Since the number of open call slots is not large, we urge you to send your proposal as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Situation

Portugal is on a very clear widespread vaccination strategy. At this moment 85% of the whole population has been vaccinated (meaning 98% of eligible population - one of the largest of the world). Entry requirements in Portugal are basically proof of vaccination with a Portuguese-recognized vaccine (for further information please check COVID-19 Measures implemented in Portugal ).

Public events are now common, with minimal restrictions, mostly mask mandates for large events. Restaurants and hotels are open, with basic restrictions in terms of health precautions, and vaccination requirements.

Important Dates

Venue Dates: 24th and 25th November 2021


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

  • Fatma Marzouk, Instituto de Telecomunicações and U. Aveiro
  • José Quevedo, Instituto de Telecomunicações and U. Aveiro
  • Registration

    The event has already occurred! Thank you for your interest and special thanks if you participated!


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

    We have arranged a discounted price for accomodating the event participants. To make a reservation please, complete this accommodation booking form as soon as possible and send it to the hotel.

    Programme Structure

    The event will be structured in the following way:

      DAY 1 (November 24th, 2021)
    Special Session I - Internation & standards Session
    • David Boswarthick, (Director of New Technologies at ETSI) [PDF]
    • Xu Xiaoyan, (Senior Engineer at Mobile Communications Innovation Center, CAICT) [PDF]
    • Akihiro Nakao, (Professor, University of Tokyo)
    • Riccardo Trivisonno, (Chairman of the 5G IA Pre-Standardization Working Group and Huawei Germany) [PDF]
    Zoom access link
    11h00-11h30Coffee Break
    Special Session II - Internation & standards Session
    • Romano Giovanni, (Radio Access Standards Coordinator Telecom Italia) [PDF]
    • Toon Norp, (TNO Telecom, Delft, The Netherlands) [PDF]
    • Ulrich Dropmann, (Head of Standardization & Industry Environment at Nokia, Germany) [PDF]
    • Xuemin Wang, (Vice President, European Research Institute, Huawei) [PDF]
    Zoom access link

    The Special Session above have been organized as remote, being mostly an external outreach that may influence the brainstorming of the VFCS. The following sessions are being organized as physical, with extensive discussions:

      DAY 1 (November 24th, 2021)
    14h00-14h45 Keynote 1- Unleashing human potential with 6G - Volker Ziegler [PDF]
    Session 1: System challenges [Contribution]
    • Slawomir Kuklinski, Developing “design-to-efficiency” for sustainable 6G networks
    • Dirk Trossen, From Network to Compute Inter-Connection
    • Gustav Wikström, Hexa-X technologies for 6G
    • Luca Valcarenghi, User-centric Communications (metrics)
    • Daniel Warren, End-to-end AI for Network Operation
    16h15-16h30 Coffee Break
    Session 2: Wireless challenges [Contribution]
    • Daniel Warren, Next generation Open networks
    • David Gomez Barquero, 6G Broadcast
    • Konstantinos Ntonti, Ubiquitous 6G Positioning and Connectivity
    • Özgü Alay, Green InterNetworking
    • Xavier Priem, Celtic view on future networks
    • Pouria Khodashenas, Strengthen the Path Towards 6G: Evolved Network Architecture
    20h00Social Event
      DAY 2 (November 25th, 2021)
    9h00-09h45 Keynote 2- Wang Xuemin [PDF]
    09h45-11h15Session 3: Other communication media [Contribution]
    • Franco Davoli, 6G-NTN: A Cognitive Service-Centric Paradigm for Next-Generation Networking
    • Miguel Ángel Vázquez, 6G NTN: A Flexible and Unified Air-Interface for the New Space Economy
    • Marcos Katz, Sustainable IoT with Light-based IoT (LIoT) and Beyond
    • Claudio Cicconetti, Quantum Communication Technologies
    • Ramon Casellas, Control and Monitoring of Open Disaggregated Transport Networks
    11h15-11h30Coffee Break
    Session 4: Towards a reliable infrastructure [Contribution]
    • Enrico delRe, New paradigm for privacy in 6G AND BEYOND
    • Arianna Schuler Scott, Human in the loop
    • Emmanuel Dotaro, Security challenges future networks
    • Diego Lopez, Monitoring in 6G
    • Raül Muñoz, Secure and trustworthy open networks
    14h00-14h45Keynote 3- Ari Poutto [PDF]
    Session 5: Fundamentals[Contribution]
    • Jurgen Sturm, IoT and Edge Computing priorities
    • Jordi Serra, Robust and sustainable AI
    • Andre Bourdoux, The enablers towards 6G and B6G: materials, electronics and circuits
    • Mythri Hunukumbure, Localization and Tracking in 6G
    • Jesus Alonso-Zarate, 6G Enabling Technologies: an i2CAT’s Perspective
    16h15-16h30Coffee Break
    16h30-17h00Keynote 4- Bernard Barani [PDF]
    Session 6: Changing ecossystems [Contribution]
    • Franco Davoli, Toward 6G Network Management and Control in Industrial IoT
    • Anastasius Tasos Gavras, From 5G to 6G ecosystem
    • Gustav Wikström, 6G for Society
    • Holger Karl, How to create societal value-compatible telecommunication architectures?
    • Fiona Williams, 5G Network Functionality Exposure for industrial sectors

    Confirmed Speakers




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