The 2024 EuCNC & 6G Summit took place from 3 to 6 of June in Antwerp, Belgium. Bringing together cutting-edge research, trailblazing innovators, and world-renown companies, the event has become a reference in the telecommunications sector. Over 50 exhibitors and 900 participants across 40 countries attest to the relevance of the conference.

PREDICT-6G was determined to repeat the 2023 success in this new edition.  A delegation comprising team members from different consortium partners arrived in Antwerp, ready to support the different project activities and to share and discuss the developments of the past year. Project members attended the numerous keynotes, panels, sessions, and tutorials, whilst seizing the networking opportunities during the social activities included in the programme. 

The first day of EuCNC began with the set-up of the “Programmable deterministic networking: the PREDICT-6G and DESIRE6G approaches’ booth. Co-organised by PREDICT-6G and DESIRE6G, it hosted various demos: Target Wake Time by Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Smart Factory by Gestamp and Ericsson, and “Monitoring Data Collection Integration with a Sensing-Enabled 3GPP Technology Domain’ by Nextworks and InterDigital.

 “Sancho”, the robot dog starring in the Real-time Gesture Based Remote Control of a Digital Twin demo (UC3M), drew a lot of attention from the public. Visitors were invited to experience first-hand how Sancho performs the different commands given to it through gestures that are registered by a camera placed on site and then transmitted.

The “Experimentation in a wireless multi-domain deterministic network” poster by UC3M and Intel was also displayed in the booth. It details the design, development, and performance of single domain solutions to support multi-domain deterministic networking, integrating IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.1 TSN, and 3GPP 5G over an IETF DetNet overlay. 

“EuCNC is a great opportunity not only to show our own work to the event participants, but also to interact with other projects’ members to share ideas and to learn something from each other. PREDICT-6G project attracted a lot of interest for the challenges it faces: many demos and explanations about the system architecture and capabilities were requested at the booth, thus making the team proud for their efforts and honoured to work in such an environment for the project purpose.” said Matteo Ravalli (Nextworks). 

PREDICT-6G also participated in three workshops. Prof. Antonio de la Oliva (UC3M), PREDICT-6G coordinator, delivered a presentation in the “The 6G series workshop by Hexa-X-II”. Dr. Sebastian Robitszch (InterDigital), chair of PREDICT-6G Standardisation Advisory Board, moderated the “Architectural Considerations Enabling the IMT 2030 Framework by European 6G R&D Activities” workshop. Lastly, Valerio Frascolla (INTEL), PREDICT-6G innovation manager, delivered a presentation in the “Trials, Pilots and Demos for Selected Verticals: the Experimental Way Forward towards 6G” workshop.

The PREDICT-6G communication efforts during the EuCNC & 6G Summit, led by AUSTRALO, were recognised with the “Best Social Media Presence Award”. This honour acknowledged the long-term commitment of the project with the communication and dissemination of its activities and outcomes to the large public. 

The participation of PREDICT-6G was a great success. The project team exchanged with other SNS projects, researchers and experts about the current hot topics and the upcoming trends. Furthermore, it promoted the work carried out in the past year and a half in various areas of the project. 

The 2024 EuCNC & 6G Summit is sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) and the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP), and focuses on all aspects of telecommunications ranging from 5G deployment and mobile IoT to 6G exploration and future communications systems and networks, including experimentation and testbeds, and applications and services.

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