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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)
EnSuRe Research Group
High Speed Networking Lab