Researchers at Huawei’s Wireless X Labs and University of Edinburgh’s new Bayes Centre are working together to investigate how AI systems can inform and adapt wireless 5G networks to provide optimum wireless support to meet the needs of connected robotics and systems. This research partnership was launched in November 2017 and follows a long-term collaboration between database experts at the University and the global information and communications technology solution provider Huawei. In June 2017 they announced a joint lab for distributed data management and processing hosted at the University’s School of Informatics.

What problem is the research partnership addressing? 
Potential developments in wireless robotics and autonomous systems rely on effective collaboration with mobile broadband networks, and improvements within mobile broadband can foster such systems' innovation. 5G, the fifth generation of wireless connectivity, has to be developed to support data-driven innovation in areas such as the internet of things (IoT), in which artificially intelligent objects can autonomously interact with one another.

How can the research help? 
AI is a key feature of 5G networking. This research work builds on the University’s existing research into AI and autonomous systems to provide new insights with Huawei’s experts into how these systems will use AI to collaborate with next-generation mobile broadband networks. The partnership will investigate how AI systems can use wireless 5G networks to provide optimum support for connected robotics and autonomous systems. Such an approach could enhance the performance of both networks and applications, supporting greater interaction between people and computing systems.

What are its potential applications? 
Areas of initial research focus for the research partnership will include healthcare robotics – such as automated surgical devices – and mobile video applications, such as smart webcams. However, there are also wider potential applications as Professor Charlie Jeffery of the University explains: DzThis new research agreement gives our team the opportunity to apply their 5G networking expertise into solving real-world problems – helping to transform industries including healthcare and emergency services.

Find out more about the Huawei partnership launch.