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The road to the Tactile Internet: from 5G to 6G:

Presenter: Prof. Roch Glitho

Concordia Institute for Information Systems

Engineering (CIISE), Concordia University

Montreal - Canada


The Tactile Internet is foreseen as the next step of the Internet. Internet has first moved from fixed to mobile, then from mobile to the Internet of Every Thing. In sharp contrast with the Internet, the Tactile Internet will enable haptic communications, in addition to traditional voice, audio and video communications. It will actually enable skill set delivery over communication networks, and make possible a host of fascinating applications such as remote robotic surgery, vehicle fleet and industrial process automation. However, the road to the tactile Internet might not be as smooth as expected. A lot was expected from 5G, the first stop on the road, but it happens that the early 5G deployments are now indicating that the Ultra Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC) services are short of meeting all the stringent requirements of Tactile Internet. All eyes are now on 6G, the next stop, but 6G is still at the vision level. In this guest lecture, we will introduce the Tactile Internet, discuss 5G as Tactile Internet enabler along with the limitations. We also will elaborate on the current visions of 6G which may make Tactile Internet a reality.


Roch H. Glitho (M’88–SM’97) received the M.Sc. degree in business economics from the University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France, M.Sc. degrees in pure mathematics and computer science from the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Ph.D. degree (Tech.Dr.) in tele-informatics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Full Professor at Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada and an Extraordinary Professor with the Computer Science Programme, University of Western Cape, Cape Town 7535, South Africa. He holds the Ericsson / ENCQOR Senior Industrial Research Chair on Cloud and Edge Computing for 5G and Beyond at Concordia University, and has held a Canada Research Chair in End-User Service Engineering from 2010 to 2020 at the same University. He has performed research, development and product management in industry and has held several senior technical positions, such as a Senior Specialist, a Principal Engineer, and an Expert with Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, and Montreal, QC, Canada. Dr. Glitho has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Communications Magazine and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. He has also served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.