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EURECOM, France Brevets, IMT, Qualcomm to hold virtual 5G/Automotive Conference on May 19

Celebrating a successful collaboration leveraging 5G for Automotive

May 11, 2021LONDON

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LONDON, UK – May 11, 2021 - In the third year of collaboration - EURECOM, France Brevets, IMT, and Qualcomm Incorporated- will host a virtual event on May 19, 2021 to share the success of their multilateral alliance which brings together technology experts, academic researchers, and other intellectual property professionals.


The conference features a half day of presentations, 5G demos and panel sessions, representing the cutting edge 5G development and innovation. Highlights include keynotes from respected industry experts, as well as two interactive panel sessions about "Future of 5G in Automotive" and "Effective Innovation Partnerships”.


Conference participants, including researchers, automakers, operators, policymakers, media, analysts, will gain unique insight into 5G technology research and development, the future of 5G in automotive, and best industry practices.


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About the collaboration


On March 4, 2019, EURECOM, France Brevets, IMT, and Qualcomm announced a joint agreement for the funding of research for new technologies involving the 5G-NR standard. Qualcomm has provided funding to support wireless communications research by EURECOM and its partner organization IMT, while France Brevets provided support in the area of intellectual property strategy. This type of collaboration is a new way of working together to develop digital and sustainability transformation; one that is empowered by investments in technology, creativity, innovation, and invention. It also recognizes that strong intellectual property protection and an open standardization and licensing system are necessary to continue the drive in Europe’s innovation economy, especially as 5G-NR permeates throughout adjacent industries such as automotive, healthcare, education, and retail.

Through its basic research activities, EURECOM has commenced participation in 3GPP standardization on Coverage Enhancement, particularly in uplink control channel signaling. EURECOM plans to make contributions in this area and beyond in the context of Release 17.


"EURECOM is thrilled to have been able to commence participation in contributions to 3GPP Release 17 study items in 2020 based on our collaboration with Qualcomm, France Brevets and IMT. It was truly an eye-opening experience which will surely lead to bigger and better things in the months and years to come." said Prof. Raymond Knopp, EURECOM and President, OpenAirInterface Software Alliance.


"We are extremely pleased at EURECOM to continue this important collaboration with a 3GPP leader such as Qualcomm. We hope this partnership will generate important technology and standardization patents and will open the door to further work together in the area of communication systems," said Ulrich Finger, Director at EURECOM.


"The Communication Systems Department of EURECOM prides itself on its several research partnerships with leading industry players in 5G+ and 6G wireless R&D. The agreement with Qualcomm offers great value as it allows for our team to push concepts into standardization, which is quite unique in the world of academic research," added Prof. David Gesbert, Head of the Communication Systems Department at EURECOM.


"As a leading player in mobile telecommunications and 5G-XG ecosystem, IMT is proud of this close collaboration with EURECOM, France Brevets, and Qualcomm, which strengthens French research competencies in the field,” said Francis Jutand, Deputy Executive Director, Institut Mines-Télécom. “This conference clearly highlights the innovative results of this multilateral partnership and will provide important insights into the latest advances on R&D achievements and 5G technologies and standardization.”


“This partnership with EURECOM, IMT and Qualcomm confirms France Brevets’ ability to attract foreign investments in France. 5G is now reality, and Qualcomm, one of the key 5G players and one of the most innovative companies in the world, has decided to further develop this technology in France.  This speaks for the quality of France’s R&D and France’s attractiveness in Europe for the development of new technologies” said Didier Patry, CEO, France Brevets.


“The topic of this event has never been more relevant,” said Enrico Salvatori, SVP & President Europe/MEA, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. “At the beginning of the year we announced our plan to open a new 5G R&D center in France to work on the future evolution of 5G and beyond. We also have a strong organizational concentration on automotive in the region, spanning engineering, service, product marketing and go to market. Europe is an epicenter for technology R&D leadership and we are incredibly proud to be part of it.”


“I want to congratulate our partners EURECOM, France Brevets, and IMT for the impressive results they have achieved, based on the research project,” said Alex Rogers, EVP of Qualcomm Incorporated and President, Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “As the 5G technology leader, Qualcomm is proud to enable the ecosystem and drive digital transformation across industries from automotive to manufacturing and beyond. We believe such collaborations allow a virtuous circle of development for foundational technologies with a view at building Europe’s open strategic autonomy.”



A Graduate School and research centre at the heart of the digital society, EURECOM is a French engineering school (Grande Ecole) with a strong international perspective, and as such has been playing a key role in the international higher education landscape for more than 30 years. EURECOM is part of the Institut Mines-Télécom school group, and is a founding member of the SophiaTech Campus in Sophia Antipolis, the largest Science and Technology Information campus in the Alpes Maritimes. EURECOM is also a member of the Secured Communication Solutions (SCS) competitiveness cluster. Teaching and research activities are organized around three themes of growing impact: digital security, communication systems and data science.


EURECOM’s creation in 1991 in the form of a consortium bringing together national and international academic and industrial partners was infused with a spirit of innovation that has never waned. EURECOM’s internationality, close relations with industry underpinned by its European founders and its network of partners, and its high-level training, are the three focuses of a strategy that ensures EURECOM continues to be the face of future higher education. EURECOM enjoys a worldwide reputation as a research centre in digital science.


Its cutting-edge research and technology is the result of the recruitment of international professors from a wide spectrum, as well on its reactivity, its expertise in interdisciplinary projects, and its multiple partnerships. EURECOM has held the Carnot Label jointly with Institut Mines-Télécom since 2006 for the quality of its research conducted in partnership.


About France Brevets

France Brevets is a company that strives to ensure the value and protection of high-potential technological innovations. A unique entity within Europe, France Brevets’ mission is to provide leading, high-level expertise in patents and intellectual property and partner with research institutes and companies of all sizes. It activates a variety of programs around the evaluation, assessment, optimization and co-construction of patent portfolios so as to increase the chances of growth and success for its partners within European and international markets. Supported by the French state and the Caisse des Dépôts, France Brevets deploys experts in France, Asia (China, Japan and Korea) as well as North America.


About IMT

Institut Mines-Télécom is a public higher education and research institution under the aegis of the French Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, which groups together 8 graduate schools, 2 subsidiaries including EURECOM, and a network of strategic and affiliated partners. Its activities in the fields of engineering sciences and digital technology support the education of engineers and managers, partnership-based research, innovation and economic development.


Always attentive to the economic world, IMT combines strong academic and scientific legitimacy, close corporate relations and strategic positioning in the key transformations of the 21st century: digital technology, industry, energy and ecology, and education. IMT is a founding member of the Alliance for the Industry of the Future and co-founder of the Franco-German Academy for the Industry of the Future with Technische Universität München (TUM). It is recognized by 2 Carnot Institute accreditations for the quality of its partner-based research. Each year, IMT trains over 13,000 students, enters into nearly 70 million research contracts, and hosts some 100 start-ups in its incubators.


About Qualcomm

Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G.  When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born.  Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly.


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