In conjunction with the recent 19th Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI 2023) International Hybrid Conference (held in Leon, Spain & Web, on June 14-17, 2023), the 8h Workshop on “5G – Putting Intelligence to the Network Edge” (5G-PINE 2023) has taken place, under the organizational framework of the MARSAL project and by the full supervision and the coordination of OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A.).
This Workshop, being the 8th – in turn – and following the successful tradition of its predecessors, has been established to disseminate knowledge obtained from ongoing EU projects (coming from the 5G-PPP/H2020 and 6G-IA/SNS frameworks) well as from any other action of EU-funded research, in the wider thematic area of 5G and with the aim of focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in modern 5G and beyond (B5G), telecommunications infrastructures.
For once again, the 5G-PINE 2023 Workshop has emphasized presenting associated results, methodologies, trials, concepts and/or other findings originating from technical reports coming from related pilot actions and/or other relevant 5G-/B5G-based applications, intending to enhance intelligence to the network edge.
The 5G-PINE 2023 Workshop was a joint effort for the dissemination of research-based results as well as for the exchange of knowledge between several H2020 EU-funded projects. In particular, three EU-funded H2020/5G-PPP projects (i.e.: MARSAL (Grant Agreement No.101017171), Smart5Grid (Grant Agreement No.101016912) and 5G-ERA (Grant Agreement No.101016681)), one EU-funded Horizon Europe/JU-SNS project (i.e., 6G-BRICKS (Grant Agreement No.101096954)) and one EU-funded Horizon Europe (i.e., OASEES (Grant Agreement No.101092702)) have joined their effort towards creating the core context so that to “attract” participation of other projects as well.
Following to the long and effective tradition of past 5G-PINE events, the 2023 Workshop has also been a great success, as a total of thirteen (-13-) papers have been presented and discussed interactively in three distinct sessions, promoting progress originating from nine (-9-) research projects as follows:
i) four (-4-) ongoing H2020/5G-PPP European projects (i.e.: MARSAL, Smart5Grid, 5G-ERA and 5G-VICTORI);
ii) two (-2-) Horizon Europe/JU-SNS projects emphasizing upon 6G aspects (i.e., 6G-BRICKS and ETHER);
iii) two Horizon Europe projects (i.e., OASEES and NEMO), and;
iv) one specific project (i.e., Immersive Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Center Of Epirus) funded by the Operational Programme NSRF 2014-2020 and co-financed by Greece and the European Union.
The event has been an excellent opportunity for establishing collaboration links and “paths” for exchanging knowledge between the participating projects.
MARSAL’s project partner OTE has been responsible for the organization of the entire Workshop. Dr Ioannis Chochliouros from OTE (also 5G-PINE Program Chair and Editor of the Proceedings) and Dr Alexandros Kostopoulos from OTE have presented a synergetic MARSAL paper where several features of the project have been discussed and further assessed.
In particular, it is expected that 5G mobile networks will soon be available to handle all types of applications and to provide services to massive numbers of users. In this complex and dynamic network ecosystem, end-to-end performance analysis and optimisation will be “key” features to effectively manage the diverse requirements imposed by multiple vertical industries over the same shared infrastructure. To enable such a challenging vision, the MARSAL EU-funded project targets the development and evaluation of a complete framework for the management and orchestration of network resources in 5G and beyond by utilizing a converged optical-wireless network infrastructure in the access and fronthaul/midhaul segments. The corresponding paper is presented the MARSAL-based network architecture as well as how the project experimentation scenarios are mapped to the considered architecture.