Workshop on Semantic Information and Communication: Towards a semantic 6G

WT Lab. Paris Research Center

Paris, March 7th - 8th, 2023

About the workshop

What is semantic information? How to design a semantic communication system? A semantic communication system to do what? What are the relations between semantic information and AI? While considering these problems is very general, this area has received, very recently a lot of attention from a community of researchers working on future 6G wireless networks. The main international experts in the field will present their visions on very recent results (part still unpublished), opening interactive discussions on the extraordinary opportunities that a semantic vision will offer to 6G systems and AI. This workshop will be the opportunity of presenting results towards a theory of semantic information as well as a semantic-guided design of 6G architectures and semantics at the physical layer.

The Workshop on Semantic Information and Communication, organized by Huawei Technologies in Paris on March 7 and 8, 2023 will gather the top experts in the field. Presentations will cover a broad scope of topics, ranging from theoretical aspects , algorithmic questions, to applications to wireless communications and machine learning.

In-person participation is encouraged, but all the technical presentations will be publicly live-streamed using the link provided below. This is our way of showing appreciation for the great work of the invited researchers, while giving back to the academic community at large. We also emphasize that all the presentations will cover recent but already publicly available results.


The workshop will take place at the Lagrange Mathematics and Computing Research Center, located 103 rue de Grenelle in Paris, in the historical nineteenth century building that was used to terminate the Chappe optical telegraph. People who wish to attend in person have to use the contact address at the bottom of the page.

Online Attendance

The workshop will be live-streamed (no registration required). No recording will be made.

Day 1: link to the online meeting
Day 2: link to the online meeting

The times below are local Paris time (CET). You can check the time in Paris right now using this link.


Day 1: Mar 7th morning : Theory of Semantics

Time (CET) Title Speaker
9:00 - 9:30Welcome Coffee(for on-site participants)
9:30 - 10:10Opening Speech and a First Approach to SemanticsWen Tong / Jean-Claude Belfiore, Huawei (France)
10:10 - 10:50Toposes as "bridges" for mathematics and artificial intelligenceProf. Olivia Caramello, University of Insubria and Insitute Grothendieck
10:50 - 11:10Coffee break(for on-site participants)
11:10 - 11:50Information bottleneck and topological knowledge representation for semantic communicationsProf. Sergio Barbarossa, La Sapienza University, Rome
11:50 - 12:30Semantic Information Spaces and examples of conceptsProf. Daniel Bennequin, Université Paris Diderot, Paris
12:30 - 13:30Lunch (for on-site participants)
13:30 - 14:10From Semantic Communication to Semantic-aware Networking: Model, Architecture, and Open Problems Prof. Guangming Shi, Xidian University, Xi'an

Day 1: Mar 7th afternoon : Semantics in 6G networks architecture

Time (CET) Title Speaker
14:10 - 14:50Semantics-aware Goal-Oriented Communications: Age of Information and beyondProf. Nikolaos Pappas, Linköping University
14:50 - 15:30From Conventional to Semantic Communications based on Deep LearningProf. Geoffrey Li, Imperial College, London
15:30 - 16:00Coffee break(for on-site participants)
16:00 - 16:40Communication Models and Protocols: Syntax, Semantics, PragmaticsProf. Petar Popovski, Aalborg University
16:40 - 17:20Semantic communication meets system 2 Machine LearningProf. Mehdi Bennis, University of Oulu

Day 2: Mar 8th morning : Semantics in the 6G Physical Layer

Time (CET) Title Speaker
9:00 - 9:30Welcome Coffee(for on-site participants)
9:30 - 10:10Deep Joint Source-Channel Coding: Recent Advances and Further ChallengesProf. Deniz Gunduz, Imperial College, London
10:10 - 10:50Semantic Coding and Semantic Communication Based on Transformer and Attention MechanismProf. Honggang Zhang, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
10:50 - 11:10Coffee break(for on-site participants)
11:10 - 11:50Advancements in Semantic Signal Processing for Next Generation Communication Networks: Opportunities and Applications Prof. Orhan Arikan, Bilkent University, Ankara
11:50 - 12:30Less Data, More Knowledge: Building Next Generation Semantic Communication NetworksProf. Merouane Debbah, Technology Innovation Institute, Abu Dhabi
12:30 - 14:00Lunch (for on-site participants)

Day 2: Mar 8th afternoon : Panel Session

Time (CET) Title Speaker
14:00 - 15:00Will Semantics be the disruption we are waiting for 6G ?Panel chaired by Jean-Claude Belfiore

Contact Information

The workshop is organized by Huawei Technologies Paris R&D Center. All enquiries shall be directed to Zhenrong LIU, or Jean-Claude Belfiore,