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Joint Communication and Sensing in 6G Networks

Project description

Reclaiming European leadership in 6G

Europe lost its leading position in the telecommunications industry to the United States and Asia. However, new vertical services such as remote health monitoring, Industry 4.0 and autonomous vehicles offer the potential for Europe to regain its leadership in the 6G arena. These services largely require precise environmental sensing combined with advanced communication capabilities, hence motivating joint communication and sensing in 6G systems. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the 6thSense project will facilitate sensing in the emerging 6G frequency bands and address the complexities of distributed sensing and networking. The project will leverage classical signal-processing optimisation models and advanced machine learning techniques with the objective of transferring them to the healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive sectors.


Having lost a significant share of the market to big players from the US and Asia, Europe is no longer at the forefront of the
telecommunication industry. However, new services focusing on remote health monitoring, industry 4.0 and autonomous vehicles
have created a unique opportunity for Europe to regain a leading position in 6G. Unlike traditional mobile broadband that mainly
connect people, these emerging services not only exchange data but also critically rely on accurate information from their
surroundings (i.e. sensing). Consequently, joint communication and sensing (JCAS) is a key feature of 6G networks, where devices will
embed wireless sensing capabilities (e.g. localisation, activity recognition). JCAS faces major challenges since it demands
fundamental changes to current communication systems. 6thSense follows a holistic approach to address these challenges by: (WP1)
Going beyond traditional sub-6GHz systems and enabling sensing in new B5G/6G communication bands, i.e. millimetre-wave and
visible light; (WP2) Addressing distributed sensing and networking challenges through architecture and protocol design; (WP3)
Handling the analytical complexity of JCAS by combining the strengths of classical signal processing and optimisation models with
advanced machine learning techniques; (WP4) Transferring these research contributions to industry-relevant applications in
healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive sectors. 6thSense is an intersectoral and interdisciplinary cluster of excellence formed by
electrical engineers and computer scientists that has pooled leading members of large EU initiatives (5G PPP), industry leaders (e.g.
Nokia, Ford, Bosch) and academic institutions (e.g. KUL, TUDelft, Princeton, UCLA). Benefitting from this consortium, a comprehensive
soft-skill training (WP5) and a tailored dissemination and exploitation strategy (WP6), the 10 PhD fellows will become highly
employable in various industries, academia, or public government bodies.



Net EU contribution
€ 525 240,00
Oude markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
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