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Hannu Kauppinen - VTC2022-Spring

Hannu Kauppinen


Keynote Speaker

Title: A glimpse at 6G

Abstract: The 6G era will be defined by the symbiosis of digital, physical, and biological worlds with the goal to augment human productivity and wellbeing. While in the 5G era, with thanks to the massive scale deployment of sensors, the digital world perfectly captures past and current states of the physical world, the connection of these two worlds with the biological or cognitive world remain largely unaddressed. We believe that in the 6G era cognitive systems will anticipate individual and collective intents to plan for actions in the worlds that optimally serve human needs. For that to happen we will need to witness significant advances in artificial intelligence, computing and sensing technologies. Sustainability will be an integral part of the new system architecture design. The 6G network will be the essential infrastructure for the integration of these future capabilities.

Bio: Hannu Kauppinen is the Chief Technology Officer in Nokia Technologies, the patent and technology licensing business group of Nokia Corporation. He manages Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio, that has been ranked as number one in 5G patents in independent studies. His teams are responsible for patent portfolio management and technical support of commercial licensing in the areas of cellular standards, devices and services, networks as well as multimedia technologies.

Hannu Kauppinen joined Nokia in 1997 and has since then held key leadership positions in Nokia’s R&D. During 2007–2008 and 2010–2011 he was the Head of Radio Systems Laboratory in Nokia Research Center and was responsible for the research in 3GPP and IEEE radio standards in Nokia’s products. During 2011-2014 he was the Head of Nokia Research Center and in 2014-1016 the Head of Labs in Nokia Technologies, driving research in Media Technologies, Sensor and Material Technologies as well as Radio Systems. His teams have contributed to Nokia’s IPR portfolio in mobile technologies, a foundation to Nokia’s 1.5-billion-euro IP licensing business. In 2016-2019 he held product and business management roles in in Mobile Networks, the largest business group of Nokia, and in 2019 he rejoined Nokia Technologies as the CTO.

Hannu Kauppinen is an entrepreneurial executive turning advanced technology research to commercialization and profitable growth. In addition to 5G and IoT wireless communication, his areas of interest include cloud connectivity and computing, mobile multimedia and AR/VR, sensors and nanomaterials, health technologies, data analytics and AI/ML. He has created technology portfolios, formed high-performing teams of scientists, engineers, and business developers, and acquired external innovation through M&A and partnering, leading to accelerated go-to-market and new product introduction. He has worked in the Silicon Valley (USA), United Kingdom, France, Japan, and Finland. He has led global R&D organizations of up to 500 people and small teams of experts in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa.

Hannu Kauppinen holds a PhD degree in Physics (1997) and an Executive MBA (2007), both from the Aalto University in Helsinki.