European doctoral students participate in a workshop on Advanced Digital Technologies organised by i2CAT within the UNICO I+D 6G Programme


From March 4 to March 8, 13 doctoral students and early-stage postdocs participated in a five-day workshop in Barcelona to explore cutting-edge research topics focused on advanced digital technologies such as 5G, 6G, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, immersive communications, space communications, and digital social technologies.

Guided by Yuri Murillo, the strategic program manager of the UNICO I+D projects at i2CAT, and Alicia Pallarés, UNICO I+D project manager at i2CAT, the students participated in demos and seminars at the Catalan research centre’s premises and toured some of Barcelona’s leading research centres and universities.

They attended the welcome session on the first day, followed by seminars on space communications and IoT technologies and a guided visit to the i2CAT infrastructures and laboratories. On the second day, they travelled to Castelldefels to visit the ICFO facilities, where they could get an overview of Quantum research and visit the research centre’s optoelectronics laboratories. They also visited the Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia (PMT) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). There, they attended a seminar on 5G and 6G technologies and visited the School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering and the DroneLab. On the third day, they moved to Zona Franca to visit the Leitat and Dfactory facilities. They also participated in a tour of the laboratories on additive manufacturing, robotics and IoT. Later, they attended several seminars at i2CAT focused on immersive communications, V2X technologies, software networks and European research funding programmes. Students visited Barcelona’s 22@ District on the fourth day to get to know the Eurecat and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya’s premises. At Eurecat, they discovered some of the centre’s main spin-offs and start-ups and learned more about the CIDAI and CATALONIA.AI initiatives. At the UOC, they attended research seminars in Artificial Intelligence, Wireless Networks and Systems Software, among others. On the last day, the doctoral students attended a seminar on Digital Social Technologies at the i2CAT premises and participated in a co-creation closing workshop to recap the different visits and review the main takeaways from the week.

Participants came from different European universities, including TU Delft and University of Twente (the Netherlands), KU Leuven and University of Antwerp (Belgium), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Coventry University (UK), Aalto University (Finland), Dublin City University (Ireland) and University of Cagliari (Italy).

i2CAT organised this international workshop within TelecoRenta, a project of the UNICO I+D 6G programme promoted by the Spanish Government with NextGenerationEU funding as a part of its Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. Teleco Renta aims to promote engineering telecommunication studies at different education levels to improve the incorporation of young talent (predominantly female talent) into the telecommunications ecosystem.