Kick-off: Innovating 5G/AI Course in collaboration with GSMA


On January 24th, SCET kicked-off the first class of the Innovation Engineering 5G/AI course. In this advanced project course, students will be developing new data and AI related services that will be interesting for mobile communication companies and consumers.

The class will collaborate with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), who hosts the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Projects developed in this course are being watched by the telecom industry, either for ideas for existing firms or for new ventures that could be developed. In other cases, these projects may lead to new research projects that could be funded and continued at Berkeley.

Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu lectures to the first 5G/AI Innovation Engineering course of Spring 2020

The course kicked off with guest Laurie Bigler, AVP at AT&T who spoke about what 5G would offer and some of the challenges, including network deployment in the 5G world. One example was that complexity of network planning is increasing because of the greater number of cells in the network and the frequency of changes which affect the requirements on the line of sight.

According to the course instructor, Ikhlaq Sidhu, “Our objective is to mix people, skills and perspectives to come up with the new concepts and technical prototypes that go beyond the traditional operator’s perspective. Many new possibilities, such as new forms of customer engagement, new service models, and collaborations for massive IoT are all possible.”


Ikhlaq Sidhu

Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist, and Faculty Director of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. He is the author of the book “Innovation Engineering” and the creator of the very popular Data-X Course at Berkeley. He holds 75 patents in internet communication technologies. Dr. Sidhu developed the Entrepreneurship & Technology area at the #1 public university in the world, the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for new ventures), and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for technical leaders). Sidhu received the IEEE Major Education Innovation Award in 2018 and the Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times Award at Berkeley in 2021. He received Berkeley IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award in 2009 at UC Berkeley. In 1999, he received 3Com Corporation’s Inventor of the Year Award. He serves on many advisory boards. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his masters’ degree and doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.