AI/ML in 5G Challenge

Applying machine learning in communications networks.

The ITU AI/ML in 5G Challenge aims to provide a platform for collaboratively addressing the problems in applying AI/ML in future networks including 5G. The 2021 edition of the Challenge connected more than 1600 participants from 82 countries, with industry and academia solving real-world problems using AI/ML in networks. The Challenge offers carefully curated problem statements, a mix of real-world and simulated data, technical webinars, mentoring, and hands-on-sessions. Teams participating in the Challenge enable, create, train and deploy ML models for communication networks. This enables participants to not only showcase their talent, test their concepts on real data and real-world problems, and compete for global recognition, but also enter the world of ITU standards by mapping their solutions to our specifications.  

The ITU AI/ML in 5G Challenge aims to provide a platform for collaboratively addressing the problems in applying AI/ML in future networks including 5G. The 2021 edition of the Challenge connected more than 1600 participants from 82 countries, with industry and academia solving real-world problems using AI/ML in networks. The Challenge offers carefully curated problem statements, a mix of real-world and simulated data, technical webinars, mentoring, and hands-on-sessions. Teams participating in the Challenge enable, create, train and deploy ML models for communication networks. This enables participants to not only showcase their talent, test their concepts on real data and real-world problems, and compete for global recognition, but also enter the world of ITU standards by mapping their solutions to our specifications.  

Related sessions
27 May 2022
14:00 - 15:30 CEST, Geneva | 08:00-09:30 EDT, New York | 20:00-21:30 CST, Beijing
José Suárez-Varela (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), Thomas Basikolo‬ (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Vishnu Ram OV (International Telecommunication Union (ITU))
1 June 2022
16:30 - 17:40 CEST, Geneva | 10:30-11:40 EDT, New York | 22:30-23:40 CST, Beijing
Michele Polese (Northeastern University), Thomas Basikolo‬ (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Vishnu Ram OV (International Telecommunication Union (ITU))
8 June 2022
09:00 - 10:30 CEST, Geneva | 03:00-04:30 EST, New York | 15:00-16:30 CST, Beijing
Yonina Eldar (Weizmann Institute of Science), Thomas Basikolo‬ (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Vishnu Ram OV (International Telecommunication Union (ITU))
15 June 2022
15:00 - 16:30 CEST Geneva | 21:00-22:30 CST, Beijing | 09:00-10:30 EST, New York
Jelena Senic (National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)), Raied Caromi (National Institute of Standards and Technology, CTL, Wireless and Network Division), Steve Blandino (National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST))

ITU AI/ML 5G Challenge Timeline

February – May 2022

June – October 2022

December 2022

Curation Phase

Competition Phase

Grand Challenge Finale (online) 

Registration: ~ 15/30 September 2022

Submission of solutions

  • 16 September
  • 21 October

Evaluation of solutions: October 2022

Final Ranking: 31 October 2022

Preparation of reports: October – November 2022

November 2022 – Judges Panel evaluates the best solutions from Competition Phase

29 Nov – 01 Dec 2022 – Best solutions pitch in a 3-day event end of to determine the finalists

13 December 2022 – Grand Challenge Finale

ITU AI/ML 5G Challenge Timeline

February – May 2021

Curation Phase

June – October 2021

Competition Phase

  • June – September 2021  – Registration
  • Hard registration deadline 14 September 2021
  • June – Sept/beginning of October 2021 – Submission of solutions
  • October 2021 – Evaluation of solutions
  • October – November 2021 – Preparation of reports

December 2021

Grand Challenge Finale (online) 

  • November 2021 – Judges Panel evaluates the best solutions from Competition Phase
  • Best solutions pitch in a 2-day event end of November 2021 to determine the finalists
  • December 2021 – Grand Challenge Finale
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