Our institute offers robust experiential facilities that enable the development of cutting-edge ideas and perspectives. These facilities cater to a wide range of research areas, including 5G and 6G wireless systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning for wireless systems, space Internet, smart and connected implantable medical devices, smart cities and oceans, and unmanned aerial vehicles for civil and national defense. These resources serve as research platforms, testbeds, and hubs for innovation, fostering advancements in these diverse fields.
FCC Innovation Zone
The Northeastern University FCC Innovation Zone is a dynamic environment where researchers can leverage a streamlined process to obtain experimental licenses for over-the-air experiments. FCC Innovation Zones provide opportunities for qualified licensees to test new advanced technologies and prototype networks.
Colosseum, the world’s largest radiofrequency channel emulator, developed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, enables the testing of intelligent, autonomous, collaborative wireless technologies. This electronic arena mimics tens of thousands of real-time RF channel interactions among wireless devices within a square kilometer. Through AI, it allows radios to optimize the limited capacity of the electromagnetic RF spectrum, even if they weren’t originally designed to work together.
Arena is an open-access facility designed to support innovation and research. With 32 software-defined radios and 64 ceiling-mounted antennas, Arena provides a powerful infrastructure for exploring new technologies in the sub-6 GHz 5G spectrum bands. Additionally, it serves as a hub for applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to wireless systems. Through this platform, researchers and innovators can develop and test new wireless applications more efficiently and effectively.
Expeditionary Cyber and Unmanned Aerial Systems R&D Facility
Located at Northeastern’s Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, this comprehensive indoor-outdoor laboratory comprises an anechoic chamber/Faraday cage and a spacious netted area measuring 150′ x 200′ x 60′. It serves as a dedicated space for testing unmanned aerial and ground technologies, antennas, as well as navigation and communications equipment.
TeraNova: An Integrated Testbed for True Terahertz Communications
The TeraNova platform is the world’s first integrated testbed for ultra-broadband communication networks in the terahertz (THz) band. This advanced platform comprises multiple transmit and receive nodes equipped with radio-frequency (RF) front-ends capable of operating at frequencies up to 1.05 THz (true THz). Additionally, it features digital signal processing (DSP) back-ends or engines with the ability to process bandwidths of up to 32 GHz.