OPPORTUNITY: ITU Artificial Intelligence in 5G challenge for university students, operators

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) invite you to participate in the ITU Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in 5G Challenge, a competition that is scheduled to run from now until the end of the year.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be the dominant technology of the future and will impact every corner of society. In particular, AI / ML (machine learning) will shape how communication networks, a lifeline of our society, will be run. Many companies in the ICT sector are exploring how to make the best use of AI/ML.

ITU has been at the forefront of this endeavor exploring how to best apply AI/ML in future networks including 5G networks. The time is therefore right to bring together the technical community and stakeholders to brainstorm, innovate, and solve relevant problems in 5G using AI/ML. Building on its standards work, ITU is conducting a global ITU AI/ML 5G Challenge on the theme “How to apply ITU’s ML architecture in 5G networks”.

Participants will be able to solve real-world problems, based on standardized technologies developed for ML in 5G networks. Teams will be required to enable, create, train, and deploy ML models (such that participants will acquire hands-on experience in AI/ML in areas relevant to 5G). Participation is open to ITU Member States (Uganda is a member), Sector Members, Associates, and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU. ​ ​

The Challenge is expected to build on ITU’s standardization efforts in AI/ML by adopting ITU’s AI/ML toolkit in 5G networks in the development of end-to-end solutions that will realize the full capabilities of AI/ML models in a 5G network.

The Challenge will consist of three rounds:

1st round – Regional Round:  It will be conducted in regions/countries. The best projects in each region will advance to the global round. The first round is scheduled for the May – July 2020 timeframe.

2nd round – Global Round: The best projects of the Global Round compete for the winning prize in the third round. The second round is scheduled for the August – October 2020 timeframe.

3rd round – Final Conference: This round consists of demos and presentations at the Final Conference. Winners of the Challenge will be selected from the best teams at the Final Conference. The Final Conference – the third round of the Challenge – is planned for the end of the year.

Interested in further information about the ITU AI5G Challenge? Please fill out this form and the ITU team will arrange a conference call with you.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

University students can register here

Operators from Africa can register here


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