Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively.
From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu.
Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014.
Currently he is Professor of Digital Transmission Techniques at the University of Oulu. He serves as Academy of Finland Professor in 2017 – 2022.
His research interests are related to mobile communication systems and currently his group focuses on 5G and beyond systems research.
Prof. Latva-aho is Director for 6G Wireless Flagship in Finland (www.6genesis.org) in 2018 – 2026.
Prof. Latva-aho has published 350+ conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications.
He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.
Challenges for 6G
Our future society is data-driven, enabled by near-instant, unlimited wireless connectivity. 6G will emerge around 2030 to satisfy the expectations not met with 5G, as well as, the new ones fusing AI inspired applications in every field of society with ubiquitous wireless connectivity. The future wireless systems are driven by network densification, spectrum sharing and the increasing amounts and diversifying nature of data will be calling for fundamentally new and innovative network operator and ownership models. The needs of various different verticals cannot be easily satisfied by the same MNO centric models. The solutions to these challenges require changes in telecommunications legislation, mobile communications market structures and network technologies. Digitalization of the society will be the key driver towards 6G. From humans perspective, sparsely populated areas as well as developing countries with huge population density would be the biggest beneficiaries of digital services given that regulation and technology as well as economics would make it possible.