6G@UT Hosts Embassy of Finland at UT Austin

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December 18, 2023
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On November 15, 6G@UT faculty hosted visitors from the Embassy of Finland at The University of Texas at Austin. 

The delegation included representatives from The Team Finland Network, which specializes in developing relationships and opportunities for Finnish businesses on an international scale. Among the visitors were representatives from b6G@UT Affiliate Nokia, smart medical implant specialists SCHOTT, as well as healthcare pioneers OuluHealth and OrganAnalytics at Tampere University.

6G@UT Director Dr. Jeff Andrews stated “(Team Finland is) looking to strengthen ties with high-tech leaders in Texas and build a partnership with 6G@UT as a beachhead into UT Austin and the Austin tech and VC scene more broadly.”

The delegation also included Dr. Matti Latva-Aho, Director of the 6G Flagship at University of Oulu.

Billed as the world’s first 6G research program, 6G Flagshipoperates in partnership with the Finnish government “to envision and define the 6G-enabled digital world as we move towards the 2030s.”

WNCG Director Dr. Todd Humphreys added “Finland is proud to be a pioneer in wireless communications and recognizes that as this topic becomes key to a country's economic and defensive strength. (T)hey have much to offer and to gain from collaboration with universities in the U.S., such as UT Austin.”

Humphreys and WNCG faculty member Dr. Edison Thomaz presented research that directly relates to the interests of Finland’s team:

  • Electronic Warfare (EW) techniques including navigation, communication, and geolocating signal jamming/spoofing, and countermeasures using low-Earth orbit signals
  • Health monitoring devices that accurately track dietary habits

The research focus of Humphreys’ talk, GPS spoofing, was featured as a front-page article in the New York Times (read it here.)

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