WILMINGTON, DE — InterDigital, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDCC) and the 6G Innovation Centre (6GIC) at the University of Surrey have announced a bilateral research partnership to develop 6G enabling technologies that may impact future wireless standards. Specifically, InterDigital will sponsor research and innovation at 6GIC in technologies such as integrated sensing and communication and reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS), both expected to be important features of 6G.
InterDigital maintains a long heritage of technology innovation and has made continuous contributions to the European wireless research and standards ecosystem through the Horizon Europe 5G public-private partnership program. Last year, InterDigital was awarded funding to contribute to eight UK and EU-led 6G flagship research programs defining the roadmap for 6G. The University of Surrey’s 6GIC was launched in 2020 as a premier global research hub dedicated to advanced telecommunications engineering that brings together the physical and virtual worlds and explores new 6G opportunities from the use of ambient information and ubiquitous coverage. The 6G partnership will support joint dissemination of research findings in pre-standards and research forums such as ETSI, Innovate UK, and Horizon Europe partnership projects, and in top tier peer review journals.
“Our new partnership with 6GIC reflects InterDigital’s commitment to collaborate with leading universities and programs to encourage innovative research outcomes and bolster the impact of our innovation through wireless standards like ETSI and 3GPP,” said Milind Kulkarni, VP and Head of Wireless Labs, InterDigital. “Research collaborations like this both support UK strategies to promote wireless innovation through standard essential patents and leverages our unique expertise in areas like RIS and integrated sensing and communication to drive the potential for 6G forward.”
“6GIC is thrilled to embark on a new partnership with InterDigital,” said University of Surrey Professor Rahim Tafazolli FREng, Head of the Institute for Communication System. “Innovation is at the core of our DNA, and this great opportunity to collaborate with InterDigital will allow us to ideate and develop critical 6G technology features including integrated sensing and communication and reconfigurable intelligent surfaces. This important collaboration will further nurture and drive forward our research and innovation strategy.
The multi-year research partnership between InterDigital and 6GIC was officially formalized at the 6GSymposium held at the University of Surrey.