Ericsson and IIT Kharagpur

Ericsson and IIT Kharagpur to joint research in AI, Edge Compute

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Kharagpur: Ericsson and IIT Kharagpur have forged a partnership for conducting joint research in AI and Edge Compute.

Ericsson and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) today announced a long-term cooperation for joint research in the area of AI, Compute and Radio. The two organisations signed two agreements, which will allow their researchers to collaborate towards developing novel AI and distributed computing technology towards 6G research.

For Ericsson, AI and Compute Research are instrumental to its 6G networks. The compute offload needs to be managed dynamically at the edge and AI would primarily drive the policies. These research themes are well aligned with IIT Kharagpur. Both organisations view this partnership as a way to push the boundaries of fundamental and applied research in the Radio domain.

“In the commitment towards Digital India and making India the hub of technological innovation, this collaboration with Ericsson will be effective for next-generation technology significantly. 6G networks integrated with artificial intelligence will enable AI-powered applications to run faster and more efficiently,” said Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director of IIT Kharagpur.

“In the 6G era, IIT Kharagpur aims to contribute to Radio Access Technology and Network, Core Networks, RF & Device Technologies, VLSI Design, Neuromorphic Signal Processing, Services and Applications. The institute also looks forward to participating in Telecommunications Standardisation Process, Developing Test Beds, Prototype Development and Commercialisation along with training and manpower development,” added Tewari.

Further, ”This collaborative research partnership in fundamental areas as well as translational research will be transformational for our Future Network Platforms,” he said.

“This collaboration strengthens our R&D commitments in India and is pivotal to Radio, Compute and AI research. We are excited to partner with IIT Kharagpur and look forward to collaborative research in fundamental areas as well as translational research for our Future Network Platforms,” Dr Magnus Frodigh, Head of Ericsson Research, elaborated on the partnership between IIT Kharagpur and Ericsson

Dr Frodigh also presented Ericsson’s vision on 6G which aims to blend the physical and digital worlds enabling us to improve the quality of life by incorporating widespread Sensor-based communications between humans and machines through digital twins.

“Ericsson is well poised to lead 6G innovation and we are making significant R&D investments in India in line with our commitment to the country. Given our 5G and technology leadership, our research initiatives are geared to provide affordable network platforms for ubiquitous connectivity all across the country,” said Nitin Bansal, Managing Director of Ericsson India.

Some of the key initiatives finalised by both organisations include:

Compute offload and Resource Optimization at edge compute: The project aims to explore resource optimization, dynamic observability and sustainable distributed and Edge computing technologies.

RL-based Beamforming for JCAS: Safe, Causal, and Verifiable: The project aims to explore causal AI methods for joint communication and sensing (JCAS).