Dear readers,

The evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) traces decades back, from an idea conceptualization in the halls of academia to its use in real-world scenarios. In this ever-evolving technological landscape, transformative influence of artificial intelligence across various sectors has a profound and disruptive impact on us. As we make new learnings every day the evolution and revolution of AI seems like an ongoing process, marked by continuous innovation and exploration.

Eurescom embraces more than three decades of experience in managing multinational collaborative R&D projects, programmes, and initiatives in the ICT sector. It recognises the need for aligning technology development with a value-based consideration and prioritization of different economic and social outcomes in the development of 6G networks, in the context of EU research funding frameworks. Hence, in the first article of the cover theme, we attempt to present “The Role of AI/ML in Key Value Indicator Analysis” and propose a value-driven AI technology development which is one of the important drivers in the development of innovative 6G technology.

This issue is a innovative collection of inside view of selected EU research activities from the plethora of projects that present the diverse R&D activities taking place at Eurescom. The article from the project PAROMA-MED presents how ­researchers are pushing the boundaries of AI capabilities, tackling new challenges, to “Empowering Collaborative Intelligence: The Federated learning approach” and promise advancements in health applications.

As we stand at the vertex of a new era, we recognize not only the revolutionary potential of AI but also its evolutionary journey; the project CENTRIC contributes to “AI Techniques for the 6G AI-AI” and develops a sustainable AI-native Air-Interface for 6G networks and utilizes advances in machine learning (ML) to enable the development and discovery of efficient waveforms, custom modulations, and transceivers for the physical layer as well as customized lightweight communication protocol and sustainable radio resource management.

Whilst the AI – Telecommunications landscape explores new dimensions, in the article “AI/ML in Telecommunications Networks” authors delve into the multifaceted role of AI/ML in shaping the future of telecommunication networks, and provide recommendations concerning the future availability of large data sets, which are necessary for training and benchmarking algorithms.

As AI continues to evolve, our approach towards its development and deployment, the “Innovations using AI/ML in project 6G-BRAINS”, attempt for seamless and efficient wireless connectivity. Presented are innovative approaches to network resource management and spectrum utilization using cutting-edge AI technologies.

The edition includes a very interesting and retrospective article – the KENNEDY Perspective on “AI or not AI”. Will AI help us to succeed? How will AI help me in real life? as there is a juggle on whether to trust these systems and to what extent!

This issue further covers a variety of articles on different, ICT-related activities. Under “Events”, we report about participation of Eurescom projects at MWC Barcelona 2024, the world’s largest telecoms event where technology, community and commerce converge. In our “News in brief” section, we update about what’s new at Eurescom – a short overview on the newly started projects.

Finally, in the latest “A bit beyond” we engage in crucial AI act that is recently passed in the European Parliament and it awaits reading in the EU Council.

Together with my editorial colleagues I believe that you will find value in this edition of Eurescom’s message, and we would appreciate your comments on the current issue as well as suggestions for future issues.

Enjoy reading our magazine!

Pooja Mohnani