Story by: Laura Hunter
Photos by: Lindsay Ralph

As the Ericsson-Carleton University Partnership for Research and Leadership in Wireless Networks enters its fourth year, partnership researchers are highlighting outcomes from nine innovative research projects for advancing 5G communications.

Researchers are using 5G wireless technologies to modernize applications in a range of industries – including healthcare, agriculture, transportation, robotics, and autonomous vehicles.

Ericsson’s Program Manager, Saurav Bhatia, tests a virtual reality device used to control a robot remotely in real-time located within Carleton’s Wireless 5G ARISE Laboratory at the ARISE building

Each project is developed across state-of-the-art facilities at Ericsson Canada and Carleton University in Ottawa. Carleton recently opened the first lab in Canada with a private standalone 5G network. The Wireless 5G ARISE Laboratory, located in the Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) building, provides hands-on research and training in wireless communications.

Ericsson’s Digital Design Manager, Aroosh Elahi, guides a remotely controlled robot as part of a demonstration by Ericsson Chair in 5G Wireless Research, Chancellor’s Professor, Ioannis Lambadaris

Most recently, the Partnership celebrated research achievements at Second Annual TechTalks Ericsson-Carleton Symposium on location at the Ericsson Site in Ottawa. Live demonstrations and presentations were provided by Carleton faculty members and graduate students who are conducting research in collaboration with Ericsson staff.

Two partnership leaders, Carleton’s Associate Vice-President (Strategic Initiatives & Operations), Sandra Crocker, and Ericsson’s Senior Advisor and Head of Ottawa Site, Marcos Cavaletti, provided opening remarks to reflect on the multi-year initiative.

Now in its fourth year, the Ericsson-Carleton partnership has much to celebrate, said Crocker. Together, experts in the field are conducting leading-edge research to build more reliable, secure technology for the future of 5G wireless communications.

Ericsson Ottawa’s Digital Design Manager, Aroosh Elahi, and Ericsson Chair in 5G Wireless Research, Chancellor’s Professor Ioannis Lambadaris, moderated the presentations which covered the following key wireless communications themes:

  • artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning;
  • channel and direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimation; and
  • software verification and autonomous systems control.

Live demonstrations allowed participants to witness first-hand the methods behind five projects that integrate 5G networks:

  • Virtual reality monitoring
  • Industrial automation
  • Drone control
  • 5G spectrum coverage device
  • Precise indoor positioning

Projects have engaged 23 Carleton faculty members, six Ericsson Fellows, and more than 500 co-op work terms at Ericsson Ottawa to date.

Our 5G network deployments continue to progress very fast, said Cavaletti. And this partnership is a key pillar for our research and talent development to assist other industries in building sustainable networks.

As Ericsson’s Program Manager, Saurav Bhatia, and Carleton’s Director of the School of Computer Science, Professor Michel Barbeau gave closing remarks, it was made evident again that this collaboration will continue to transform the future of 5G technology and its impact across industries.

See all of the ongoing Ericsson-Carleton University Partnership projects.

The Ericsson-Carleton University Partnership
Starting the fourth year of a multimillion-dollar program, the goal of the Ericsson-Carleton University Partnership is to attract and retain talented individuals, promote and enhance research synergy, and establish training in an energetic industry and academic environment. The Carleton partnership is a key pillar of Ericsson Ottawa Research and Talent Development programs for creating the wireless technology leaders and visionaries of the future.

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