HUST joins International Telecommunication Union

October 23, 2020

On October 14th, following the approval and recommendation of the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) passed the resolution that Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) join the organization as an academic member, with the qualification to participate in ITU-R (Radiocommunication), ITU-T (Telecommunication Standardization) and ITU-D (Development).

Liaising between HUST and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Professor Yong Xiao from the School of Electronic Information and Communication actively planned and organized the application for membership of ITU on behalf of HUST. In October, four months after materials were submitted, our university officially became an academic member of the ITU.

In the last few years, HUST has actively participated in the international standardization activities at ITU. Meanwhile, close cooperative relationships have been established with many members including China Information Communication Technologies (CICT), China Unicom, China Mobile, China Telecom, etc. In July, at the ITU-T Study Group 20 online meeting, the world’s first proposal for “Requirements and Reference Architecture of IoT and Smart City & Community Service Based on Federated Machine Learning” led by Professor Yong Xiao, Professor Xiaohu Ge and Professor Robert Caiming Qiu from the School of Electronic Information and Communications was approved. The proposal is the world’s first reference architecture of IoT and Smart City based on the Federated Machine Learning.

ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. Originally founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, the ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. Serving as a worldwide link between governments and the private sector, ITU organizes activities through its ITU-R, ITU-T and ITU-D.

Sources: School of Electronic Information and Communication

Written by: Aoyi Zhang

Edited by: Shengyuan Ma, Andrew, Yumeng Peng

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