Digital Inclusion

As has been evident in the past decades, and will become even more pronounced in the future, more and more of our lives and interactions are conducted digitally. However, while those with the skills and resources continues to reap these benefits, there is a growing populace without access to these services and functionalities which are becoming fundamental to a modern life.

To be able to bridge this digital divide, it will be important to design 6G in such a way to ensure affordable access to anyone as well as an inclusive intuitive design allowing also the technologically illiterate access. 

This session will discuss both challenges and opportunities to provide truly global access as well as providing full digital accessibility.
Session chair: Patrik Rugeland

Mats Andersson, Chairman of the Board, Forsway Scandinavia AB, Satcube AB; Board member Wyld Networks AB

Speaker: Non terrestrial networks (NTN) for broadband and IoT services everywhere
Mats Andersson
An industry thought-leader with over 30 years international satellite and telecom experience, within various engineering and management positions at Ericsson (in Canada, England and Sweden), Mats Andersson brings extensive expertise from the industry. Additionally, he holds three university degrees (Lic. Eng., M. Sc. and B.A.).
In 2006, Mats joined tech start-up, Bluetest AB in Gothenburg as CEO. Under his leadership, Bluetest grew to become the world leading MIMO Over-The-Air (OTA) test company. In 2014, Mats established MUMIMO AB – a company with a focus on innovation and business development for small and large wireless companies and brings thought-leading expertise within 5G and new technologies.
In 2014, Mats also joined Forsway Scandinavia AB as Chairman of the Board. Forsway is a company made of a visionary team who see in the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks, the most efficient way to expand broadband services in regions with limited broadband infrastructure (or capacity).
Besides being Chairman of the Board of Forsway Scandinavia AB, Mats is also Chairman of the Board of Satcube AB, as well as a Board member of Wyld Networks AB. He is an investor in Bluetest AB and SweGaN AB.

Professor Jaap van de Beek, Luleå University of Technology

Speaker: The urban-rural cellular divide: how deep is it and how can we bridge it?
Jaap van de Beek
Jaap van de Beek is chaired professor of Signal Processing with Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, and a Fellow of the IEEE.  
Prior to returning to academia in 2013, he spent over two decades in industry, in telecommunications research labs with Telia Research, Nokia Networks, and Huawei Technologies.  In different roles he has been involved in various generations of mobile cellular communications systems. He developed base station receiver algorithms for GSM evolution systems. He was among those pioneering OFDM as an access scheme for third generation cellular radio in 1997, and during 2004-2009 he has been contributing to the preparation and specification of 3GPP's fourth generation LTE standard, for which he holds a number of essential patents.  More recently, he has been developing methods that effciently reduce spectral interference of radio transmitters in 5G systems and beyond, work for which he received the IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz award.  
Since 2012, Prof. van de Beek engages in improving Internet access, wireless network connectivity and cellular radio coverage in rural and remote regions.  His research interests include technologies, systems, regulatory instruments and business models that help provide Wireless Internet coverage over large land areas.

Docent Charlotte Magnusson, Associate Professor, Department of Design Sciences, Lund university

Speaker: Universal design and digital accessibility
Charlotte Magnusson
Charlotte’s main focus is research on universal/inclusive design, co-design and design methodology for persons with and without disabilities, as well as on inclusive interaction design and how to design inclusive applications and services. She has been responsible for the department participation in 6 EU projects, one AAL project, coordinated the EU IP HaptiMap (maps and navigation) and led the NordForsk project ActivAbles (physical activity after a stroke). Nationally she has led and worked in a number of smaller/medium sized projects within the area of accessible and universal design. ​

Peter Ljungstrand, RISE, Research institutes of Sweden

Speaker: A societal perspective on 6G
Charlotte Magnusson
Peter has work in research and development for interaction design and related topics since 1997, at Gothenburg University, Chalmers, the Victoria institute and RISE. His topics of interest include innovation and how to explore and understand new possibilities that come with new technology, both technical and social, organizational and user centric perspectives. He was the cofounder of the master’s program on interactive design at Chalmers in 2001, where he is still lecturing. He has participated in a number of national and international research projects related to innovation, technological development and design, e.g., Smart-Its (FP5), IperG (FP6), TA2 (FP7), Experimedia (FP7), Tribe (H2020); the KOL-project (Vinnova UDI), Neurogames (Vinnova UDI), Maker’s school (Vinnova school development), Agenda Game (Vinnova), Agenda for future sports (Vinnova). He has participated or organized a large number of scientific conferences and workshops, e.g., CHI, CSCW UbiComp, Pervasive. He has been the head of RISE Interactive in Gothenburg since 2008.
He is an expert in methods of design, with a particular focus on interaction design, user-centric design, gamification and motivation as well as feedback and visualization. He has conducted research on interaction design and IoT since more than 15 years, e.g., with sensor-based interaction, wearables, smart textiles, sports technology, gaming, e-health, user-centric design, disability support, etc. He is committed to driving and developing the innovation methodology at RISE. ​

David Lister, Senior Research Manager and 6G Lead, Vodafone Group Research & Development

Panelist David Lister
David Lister leads research on future disruptive technologies within Vodafone Group. He has 30 years’ experience that spans the introduction of 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies and has held technical and commercial roles related to spectrum regulation, standards development, and new product introduction. He is currently responsible for all aspects of 6G research in Vodafone Group and is the co-lead of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) strategic programme on 6G that has published its 6G Vision representing a global mobile operator view. David holds degrees in electrical engineering, renewable energy, and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET. ​


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