Tuesday 19 March, 15:15 - 16:30
5G and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Malmö University, Niagara: NI:A0607
Welcome to a seminar with Dr. Fisseha Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist at CSIR Meraka ICT Institute, South Africa.
5GPP mobile standard describes the 5th generation ICT-ecosystem as the most transformative technology standard in the history of mankind. The 5G ICT-eco system standards are composed of three distinct pillars that aim to address; (a) enhanced mobile broadband enabling gigabit ICT services such as video-on-demand, (b) Low network latency enabling critical infrastructure and control services for industrial applications; (c) Energy efficiency and network coverage to enable the 50 billion sensing devices, machine-2-machine (M2M) communications and Internet of Things devices and services. The three pillars of the 5G ICT eco-system will have a more significant impact in the high economic urban areas throughout the world. 5G is also the standard that will closely work with AI, Machine learning, Cybersecurity, Block chain technologies to enable the 4th Industrial revolution. The talk will highlight some aspects of the challenges and opportunities that is opened by these emerging technologies in addressing multi-disciplinary research and human-technology interaction in developing innovative solutions for the health, transport and education sectors in Agenda 2030 and the UN SDGs.
About the speaker
Dr Fisseha Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist, CSIR Meraka ICT Institute, South Africa, leads the 5G and Affordable Broadband Networks research at the CSIR. He is the proponent of a 4th leg for the 5G standards aimed at technologies for addressing the next billion unconnected population in emerging economies. He has a PhD from Linköping University, in Sweden, and has worked for 10 years as senior research Engineer at Ericsson Mobile Communications R&D lab in Sweden, where he developed over 12 US/EPO patents.
Dr Mekuria is also involved in postgraduate research and skills development in wireless communications with several Msc and PhDs graduating through his engagement as Adj. Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Science, South Africa.