NIST has partnered with the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense (DoD) Research and Engineering group to identify technical gaps critical to the sustained innovation of post-5G wireless systems, building on the findings of NIST SP 1219 published in 2018. The team invites interested stakeholders to participate in a series of virtual workshops to identify long-term (10+ years out) R&D gaps not already being researched by industry or academic organizations to inform future R&D planning activities.
Through stakeholder interviews, survey instruments, and facilitated virtual discussions, our team will assess recent research advancements and characterize critical-path technology gaps currently going unaddressed by actors in the wireless industry. This working group will source recommendations from stakeholder participants representing diverse research backgrounds and technical areas of expertise. Beginning in Spring 2022 NIST will convene virtual workshops to invite stakeholder experts to characterize technical areas of interest such as joint communications and radar sensing, higher frequency bands, energy sustainable networks, and others of interest to participants. Specific gaps may relate to testing, measurement, and evaluation; software and hardware development; deployment, management, and operations; experimentation; and workforce development.
This effort is open to the public and we are currently recruiting interested stakeholders for working group participation. Project sponsors intend to complete market research in February and begin virtual workshops in April 2022. The format and estimated level of effort required for participation is as follows:
Sponsors intend to host monthly workshops between April - June 2022. Published outputs from this effort will not attribute input to specific individuals. Interested participants may contact Marc Leh (mleh [at] corneralliance.com ()) or Miller Higgins (mhiggins [at] corneralliance.com) for additional information.
The flyer linked here provides more details regarding the NextG Communications Gap Analysis.