The Future
is Wireless

Our Mission

Researchers and students at the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things envision a future in which people and their environment are wirelessly connected by a continuum of AI-powered devices and networks, from driverless cars and search-and-rescue drone swarms to implantable medical devices and smart cities. The institute is home to world-leading expertise, facilities, and technologies dedicated to making wireless communications exponentially faster, more energy efficient, and more secure.

Our research priorities:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning for wireless systems
  • 5G and 6G wireless systems
  • IoT business models for tomorrow’s industries
  • Smart and connected implantable medical devices
  • Smart cities and oceans
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles for civil and national defense


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Meet the faculty, research, and administrative staff working to transform how people, objects, and devices connect and communicate worldwide.

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Interdisciplinary expertise that includes Communication and Networking, Sensors, IoT devices and Energy Harvesting, Data Analytics and Machine Learning, Security and Blockchains


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Colosseum Wireless Channel Emulator

Northeastern is home to the Colosseum, the world’s largest radiofrequency channel emulator. Developed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Colosseum will enable the building and testing of intelligent, autonomous, collaborative, wireless technologies for military and commercial use.

This “electronic arena” can mimic, in real-time, tens of thousands of RF channel interactions among hundreds of wireless devices within a square kilometer. Through AI, radios that weren’t designed to work together can now learn to do so by optimizing the limited capacity of the electromagnetic RF spectrum.


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Pawr Project Office

We serve as the academic lead and project office for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research, a $100 million public-private partnership designed to sustain U.S. leadership in the industry and boost our economic competitiveness. PAWR will find new ways to power IoT by building city-scale testbeds for advanced wireless technologies and digital ecosystems.

PAWR is funded by the NSF and the PAWR Industry Consortium, which represents 30 of the nation’s leading companies and associations in wireless-related industries. The PAWR Project Office—co-led by Northeastern University and US Ignite—will be deploying and managing up to four city-scale testbeds.


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