King’s co-launches centre for 6G research

King’s College London

New centre consolidates the position of King’s College London and the University of Bristol as pioneers of next generation mobile networks.


King’s is bringing its expertise on 5G and future networks to a new collaboration with the University of Bristol. The two universities have established ‘6G Futures’, a leading centre for 6G research, education and innovation.

6G Futures will be a focus for 6G research in the UK, providing leadership and ensuring the UK’s position at the forefront of next generation mobile networks research and innovation.

The centre hosts globally recognised experts in the field from the two universities, drawing from King’s Centre for Telecommunication Research (CTR) and the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab. Both the CTR and Smart Internet Lab have established extensive research collaboration leading to seminal technical publications, policy papers and ground-breaking use-case demonstrations. Their pioneering work brought 5G into the mainstream, and in combining their significant expertise to focus on the next generation mobile networks the partnership seeks to establish 6G Futures as a centre for 6G excellence in the UK.

Professor Mischa Dohler, Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s Department of Engineering and co-lead of 6G Futures, commented:

As adoption of 5G accelerates around the world, it’s important the UK is prepared for 6G as the next generation mobile technology. The creation of this centre is a notable moment for the UK technology sector. We will be developing novel architectures, incorporating federated exchange and self-synthesising mechanisms, advance the internet of skills, and embed blockchain, quantum and federated AI technologies. But it’s not just pure tech – we’ll be working on co-creation with verticals toward some truly exciting and societally impacting use-cases, while contributing to policy, alliances and global standards.– Professor Mischa Dohler

Professor Reza Razavi, Vice President & Vice Principal (Research) at King’s, said:

If the UK is going to play a major role in realising the potential of 6G, we need a national centre that brings together the very best minds in communications technologies, cyber, AI, digital humanities, the arts and social science. The formation of this centre is a truly exciting moment in the trajectory of 6G evolution.– Professor Reza Razavi

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