This program aims to advance networking and measurement sciences and promote consensus standards and best practices for the evolution from 5G to 6G, focusing on core network and end-to-end (E2E) network services.
The main tasks of this program are:
Task 1: 6G Core Network Architecture: Investigating AI-native architectures that not just execute AI/ML-based network functions but also support the creation, management, cooperation, measurement, and evolution of these functions.
Task 2: Key Technologies
Task 2.1: E2E Service Quality Assurance: Developing architectures and algorithms for assuring E2E service qualities, currently focusing on methods for autonomously managed access and core networks to collectively achieve E2E service quality goals.
Task 2.2: Edge AI for 5G/6G: Developing edge-enabled machine learning architectures and algorithms that can address critical challenges in edge learning settings, and exploring how edge-enabled learning can enable new architectures required for 6G.
Task 2.3: Security and Resilience: Developing methods for automatically detecting network events, analyzing their risks, and responding to them.
Task 2.4: Network Automation: Developing an automated closed-loop event detection-analysis-response framework and its enabling technologies.
Task 2.5: Metrology for 6G Core Networks and Services: Developing measurement metrics, models, and tools to fill the measurement gaps in 5G and 6G systems. Current focuses are: 1) measuring the performance of AI-based network functions, especially edge-learned functions, which will be essential to developing and validating AI-based 6G architectures; 2) measuring E2E interferences between different services, which will be essential to providing differentiated services and 3) risks of network events, which will be essential to automating network event management and hence also network resilience..
Task 3: 6G Industry Applications: Investigating communication requirements of selected industry applications and how 6G can be designed to better support these applications. Currently focusing on industrial control, and autonomous vehicles and teleoperation.
Task 4: 5G/6G Core Network Testbed: Developing an opensource-based 5G/6G core network testbed.
Task 5: Standards Monitoring and Contribution