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.

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Elza Erkip

Institute Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Elza Erkip studies how information theory — a discipline concerned with representing, processing, and using information — can make an impact in a wide range of fields, including wireless communications and cybersecurity. An IEEE fellow and former president of the IEEE Information Theory Society, she is regularly included on the Clarivate list of the most highly cited researchers in the world, and she counts among her many other laurels membership in the inaugural class of the Science Academy Society of Turkey, the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication, the Women in Communications Engineering Award, and the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Communications Society’s Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC).

Thomas Marzetta

Thomas Marzetta

Distinguished Industry Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Thomas Marzetta, who also serves as the director of NYU WIRELESS, is the originator of Massive MIMO, which uses numerous small, individually controlled, low-power antennas to direct streams of information, selectively and simultaneously, to many users. Because this leads to spectral efficiency orders of magnitude greater than that experienced in 4G service, Massive MIMO is considered one of the cornerstones of fifth-generation wireless technology. In 2020, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineers for his contributions to the field.

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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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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.