IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
13–16 September 2021 // Virtual Conference // By 6G Flagship

Panel 3: Global view on 6G

Wednesday 15 September, 15:00-17:00 (UTC/GMT +3)

Wireless technologies are central for our society and economy and their importance is expected to grow. Wireless technologies should be sustainable and also help other sectors of society to be more sustainable. Next big thing in wireless is 6G, currently in the phase of research and heading towards commercialization around 2030. The panel will bring together leading experts from around the world, with participants from Europe, USA and China to discuss the global view of the next generation of networks, i.e., 6G. The panel will look at the vision, the challenges and expected use cases towards 2030, as well as the potential enabling technologies.


  1. What is your vision on 6G in one sentence?
  2. What are top 3 6G use cases you foresee in 2030?
  3. What are the top 3 key capabilities networks will need in 2030?
  4. Why are these3 capabilitiesneeded?
  5. How to best deliver these 3 capabilities?


Hexa-X project lead Mikko Uusitalo, Head of Research Department, Nokia Bell Labs, Finland,

List of Participants

Gunnar Mild, Senior Expert radio network architecture at Research Area Networks, Ericsson Research, Sweden,

Brian Daly, Assistant Vice President for Standards & Industry Alliances, AT&T, USA,

Chih-Lin I, China Mobile Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile, China,

Marja Matinmikko-Blue, 6G Flagship Research Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow at CWC, University of Oulu, Finland,


Mikko Uusitalo is Head of Research Department Wireless Advanced Technologies at Nokia Bell Labs Finland. Mikko is leading the European 6G Flagship project Hexa-X. He obtained a M.Sc. (Eng.) and Dr.Tech. in 1993 and 1997 and a B.Sc. (Economics) in 2003, allfrom predecessors of Aalto University. Mikko has been at Nokia since 2000 with various roles, including Principal Researcher and Head of International Cooperation at Nokia Research. Mikko is a founding member of the CELTIC EUREKA and WWRF, the latter one he chaired for 2004-2006. Mikko is a WWRF Fellow.

Gunnar Mildh received his M. Sc. in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2000. In the same year he joined Ericsson Research, Ericsson AB, Stockholm,and has since been working on standardization and concept development for GSM/EDGE, HSPA, LTE, 5G NR and 6G. His focus areas are radio network architecture and protocols. He is currently a senior expert in radio network architecture at the Research Area Networks, Ericsson Research

Brian Daly is the Assistant Vice President for Standards & Industry Alliances at AT&T. His current focus is on 5G and Next G, DoD and public safety initiatives including mission critical services for FirstNet, wireless emergency alerts and earthquake early warning, UAS/UAVs, and Cybersecurity and national security/emergency preparedness/critical infrastructure protection. Over the years he has contributed to standards in global fora such as 3GPP, ATIS, TIA, GSMA, 5G Americas, IEEE, NGMN, NENA, SAE, and oneM2M. He currently leads several initiatives under ATIS and 5G Americas. Brian is a Board Director of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO) and has received appointments to FCC TAC and CSRIC advisory committees. Brian is co-chair for the Next G Alliance Steering Group, and Chair of the North American Fraud Forum and Security Group under the GSM Association’s North American Regional Interest Group. Brian holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University with an emphasis in advanced electromagnetic engineering and communication systems. He holds over 180 patents.

Chih-Lin I is CMCC Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies. She received Ph.D. EE from Stanford University. She has won 2005 IEEE ComSoc Stephen Rice Prize, 2018 IEEE ComSoc Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 7th IEEE Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award, and 2015 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.

She is the Chair of O-RAN Technical Steering Committee and an O-RAN Executive Committee Member, the Chair of FuTURE5G/6G SIG, the Chair of WAIA (Wireless AI Alliance) Executive Committee, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member and Vice Chair of WWRF, a Steering Committee member and the Publication Chair of IEEE 5G and Future Networks Initiatives, the Founding Chair of IEEE WCNC Steering Committee, the Director of IEEE ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, a Senior Editor of IEEE Trans. Green Comm. & Networking, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF.

She has published over 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conferences and holds over 100 patents. She is co-author of the book “Green and Software-defined Wireless Networks –From Theory to Practice” and has also Co-edited two books: “Ultra-dense Networks –Principles and Applications” and “5G Networks –Fundamental Requirements, Enabling Technologies, and Operations Management”. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of WWRF. Her current research interests center around ICDT Deep Convergence: “From Green & Soft to Open & Smart”.

Marja Matinmikko-Blue is 6G Flagship Research Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow at CWC, University of Oulu where she holds an Adjunct Professor position on spectrum management. She conducts multi-disciplinary research on technical, business and regulatory aspects of mobile communication systems in close collaboration between industry, academia and regulators. She holds a Dr.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering and a Ph.D. degree in management sciences from University of Oulu from 2012 and 2018. She has coordinated several national project consortia that have successfully demonstrated the world’s first licensed shared access (LSA) spectrum sharing trials and introduced a new local 5G operator concept that has become a reality. She has published 150+ scientific publications and prepared 150+ contributions to regulatory bodies in national, European and international levels.