A success for the first RESTART Tech Camp
RESTART organized and successfully concluded its first Tech Camp on 5G and Open RAN, held in Rome, September 13-15, at the Marco Polo Building of Sapienza University of Rome.
More than 80 participants including doctoral students and young researchers enlivened the three days of activities, which featured talks by leading experts, practical sessions and workshops, useful for gaining a comprehensive understanding of the field.
A general overview of the RESTART Research and Development Program – by Professors Giuseppe Bianchi, Antonio Capone and Nicola Blefari Melazzi – kicked off the Tech Camp, whose objectives were introduced by technical co-chairs Andrea Lacava, Eugenio Moro, and Ivan Palamà.
The first day then focused on hardware, with a keynote speech and hands-on sessions, which allowed participants to experiment directly with hardware provided by the organizers. Concluding the day was a ramp session, where doctoral students were invited in turn to present a pitch about their research.
The second day was purely technical in nature, on the topic of network programmability, thus focusing on software tools, with keynote speeches on OpenAirInterface and O-RAN and the opportunity for participants to experiment hands-on with tools provided by the organizers.
Concluding the Tech Camp program, a third day focused on advanced applications and research times founded on the basic tools seen during the previous sessions. The best pitch award was also presented to the PhD student who made the best presentation during the first day. Four participants had the opportunity to give a talk on their research results in the form of a workshop. The day ended with an additional hands-on session, followed by the final greetings by Professor Giuseppe Bianchi.
It was a successful initiative, particularly appreciated by the participants, who welcomed the strongly hands-on feel of the Tech Camp and the presence of a Ramp Session open to all.