Communications / IT

We’re doing research that will make the next era of communications and connection possible.

In a wireless world, fast, secure and reliable communications are paramount.

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Building the future of wireless, from 5G, to 6G, to beyond

NYU WIRELESS, the academic research center that paved the way for 5G, has now set its sights on the next frontier: 6G. With a landmark paper, “Wireless Communications and Applications Above 100 GHz: Opportunities and Challenges for 6G and Beyond,” researchers there have begun exploring the promise of frequencies from 100 GHz to 3 THz, which offer the potential for revolutionary applications that will be made possible by new thinking, and advances in devices, circuits, software, signal processing, and systems.

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Welcome to the wireless world

Advancements in wireless don’t just affect your cell phone. NYU WIRELESS incorporates engineers across various disciplines whose work is shaped by wireless technology. Like swarms of drones who need to talk to one another in addition to the person at the helm. Or remote medical devices, where a doctor or surgeon can perform anywhere, from the next room over or on the other side of the world. Or revolutionary image compression programs that affect everything from video streaming to groundbreaking biomedical devices.

Theodore Rappaport

Theodore Rappaport

Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering and the founding director of NYU WIRELESS. Rappaport is a pioneer in radio wave propagation for cellular and personal communications, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies. His research has influenced many international wireless-standards bodies, and he and his students invented the technology of site-specific radio frequency (RF) channel modeling and design for wireless network deployment — a technology now used routinely throughout wireless. His seminal contributions to the field won him election to the National Academy of Engineers, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. 

Shivendra Panwar

Shivendra Panwar

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Shivendra Panwar directs the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT), an organization whose research is dedicated to the emerging Gigahertz spectrum, video over wireless, propagation studies, and advanced cellular architectures. Also a faculty member of NYU WIRELESS and an IEEE Fellow, he holds several patents related to cooperative wireless communications and has authored or co-authored multiple highly regarded texts.

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Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)

CATT promotes industry-university collaborative research and development in these areas: wireless and personal communications networks and devices, secure information technologies, and media and network applications/services.

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CommIT Group

The Communication and Information Theory (CommIT) Group at New York University is led by Professor Elza Erkip. They are interested in the theoretical foundations of networks, including wireless and social networks.

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EnSuRe Research Group

Our research focuses on computer hardware, including electronic design automation (EDA) and micro-architectural solutions for energy-efficient (En), secure (Su), and reliable (Re) computing.

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High Speed Networking Lab

Our research is concentrated on developing complete solutions for data center networks, software-defined networks, high-speed switching and routing, network security and traffic measurement problems.

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mLab is broadly interested in real-world security and privacy threats in healthcare and consumer technologies. Led by, Assistant Professor Danny Yuxing Huang, mLab builds systems to measure these threats at scale.

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Nanofabrication Cleanroom

The Nanofabrication Cleanroom provides academic and industry researchers with access to the equipment and expertise needed to leverage cutting-edge nanotechnology and produce the materials necessary to advance their science, regardless of their department, sector, or vision.

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NYU WIRELESS is a vibrant academic research center that is pushing the boundaries of wireless communications, sensing and networking. Centered at NYU Tandon and involving industry leaders, faculty and students throughout the entire NYU community, NYU WIRELESS offers a world-class research environment that is creating the fundamental theories and techniques for future mass-deployable wireless devices across a wide range of applications and markets.