Towards Industry 5.0: Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) in Smart Manufacturing

Md Noor-A-Rahim, Fadhil Firyaguna, Jobish John, M. Omar Khyam, Dirk Pesch Eddie Armstrong, Holger Claussen, H. Vincent Poor

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Industry 5.0 envisions close cooperation between humans and machines requiring ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC). The Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) has the potential to play a crucial role in realizing wireless URLLC for Industry 5.0. IRS is forecast to be a key enabler of 6G wireless communication networks as it can significantly improve wireless network performance by creating a controllable radio environment. In this paper, we first provide an overview of IRS technology and then conceptualize the potential for IRS implementation in a future smart manufacturing environment to support the emergence of Industry 5.0 with a series of applications. Finally, to stimulate future research in this area, we discuss the strength, open challenges, and opportunities of IRS technology in modern smart manufacturing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Industries
  • Service robots
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Wireless networks
  • Wireless sensor networks


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