Bernard Barani joined the European Commission (EC) in 1994 after 11 years as Communication engineer in industry and with ESA. In the EC, he has been steering EU wireless R&I for more than 20 years. He currently leads the definition and implementation with industry of the European R&I programme “Smart Networks and Services (6G)” covering the 2021-2027 time frame. Main field of responsibilities covers strategic R&D planning and implementation for beyond 5G/6G systems, standardisation, international cooperation, demonstration and pilot programmes.
He is vice chairman of the Steering committee of the EUCNC conference, the showcasing event for telecom research sponsored by the EU. He has an engineering degree from the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne” and is also a Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum).