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Designing Ultrasonic Implantable Devices based on the Internet of Medical Things Platform

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for designing a “Software-defined implantable ultrasonic device for use in the internet of medical things.”

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Northeastern Receives Rare Designation by FCC as Spectrum Innovation Zone

Northeastern University has been given the rare designation by the FCC as a Spectrum Innovation Zone, which will allow for opportunities to build the next generation of wireless technology. It is the fourth such hub in the U.S. and the first to enable experimentation for wireless communications and sensing technologies above 100 gigahertz, including a frequency band that is crucial for the development of 6G technologies.

Kaushik Chowdhury, Tommaso Melodia, and Stratis Ioannidis.

Northeastern Part of New NSF Artificial Intelligence Research Institute

Northeastern is part of a team led by the Ohio State University that was awarded $20 million over five years for the NSF AI Institute for Future Edge Networks and Distributed Intelligence (AI-EDGE). Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, electrical and computer engineering (ECE), is the Northeastern lead, with co-PIs ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia and ECE Associate Professor Stratis Ioannidis responsible for $1.8 million of the award.

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RFDataFactory: Categorized and Searchable Research Datasets

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury (PI), William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor Tommaso Melodia (co-PI), and Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia (co-PI) are leading a $1.8M NSF grant, in collaboration with Ashutosh Sabharwal from Rice University, for “RFDataFactory: Principled Dataset Generation, Sharing and Maintenance Tools for the Wireless Community.” RFDataFactory aims to make available categorized datasets suitable for research related to machine learning in 5G and beyond networks, and advance fundamental understanding and design tools for accessing, creating, sharing and storing wireless datasets.

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Creating an Ultrasonic Network for Wearable Devices

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for designing an “Ultrasonic network for wearable devices”.

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Fostering Innovation through Collaboration

In recent years, the Kostas Research Institute located at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, added an Expeditionary Cyber & Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lab—the first of its kind in the United States. Ongoing renovations also added 30,000 square feet of entrepreneurial space—the Venture Creation Center, furthering innovation opportunities for engineering faculty, students, and alumni.

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Silevitch to Direct New AI Jumpstart Program

ECE Professor Michael Silevitch will lead a new Massachusetts program, AI Jumpstart, to connect small business owners in the state with academic faculty experts to learn how machine learning can grow their companies. Northeastern received a $2.2 million state grant that will be used primarily for high-speed computer equipment and also to provide for faculty consultants, both of which will be available to selected companies to get the pilot effort up and running. Northeastern kicked in an additional $2 million, raising the program’s total value to more than $4 million.

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Using Ultrasonic Signals to Control Biological Devices

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for “Internet-linked ultrasonic network for medical devices.”

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Using Ultrasonic Communication in Implantable Medical Devices

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for creating an “ultrasonic multiplexing network for implantable medical devices”.

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Network Communications at Acoustical Wavelengths

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia and ECE Research Assistant Professor Emrecan Demirors were awarded a patent for creating a “Method and apparatus for wireless communications”.

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Northeastern’s WIOT to Co-Host First Annual 6G Symposium

Northeastern University’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIOT), along with mobile and video technology research and development company InterDigital, is hosting a virtual 6G symposium to create excitement and increase public awareness and engagement in articulating a strong vision for 6G.

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$1M DARPA Grant for Signal Processing in Neural Networks for Wireless IoT

ECE Associate Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, Assistant Professor Pau Closas, Professor Deniz Erdogmus, Professor Tommaso Melodia, and Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang received $1M funding from DARPA for their project titled Signal Processing in Neural Networks (SPiNN) for Wireless IoT.

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Cybersecurity: Your Secrets Are Safe With Us

Northeastern researchers are at the forefront of cybersecurity research, protecting everything from the phone in your pocket to the city of the future.

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Eight COE Projects Selected for GapFund360

Northeastern’s GapFund360 program helps Northeastern’s researchers bridge the gap between promising lab results and demonstrating a commercially viable prototype. Awards range from $50K -$100K. Nine projects were selected from a pool of 39 applications from across the university; COE contributed 25 of the applications and seven projects were selected for funding. Congratulations to the following COE researchers whose projects were selected for Phase I or Phase II GapFund360 funding: ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif, MIE Assistant Professor Safa Jamali, ECE Assistant Professor Sarah Ostadabbas, ChE/COS Associate Professor Carolyn Lee-Parsons, ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia, ECE Associate Research Scientist Salvatore D’Oro, ECE Associate Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE Principal Research Scientist Yousof Naderi, ECE Postdoc Ufuk Muncuk, ECE Professor Vincent Harris, ECE Associate Research Scientist Parisa Andalib, ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi, and ECE Research Assistant Professor Zhenyun Qian.

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ECE Wins Best Paper Award at WiNTECH

Computer Engineering PhD student Lorenzo Bertizzolo, along with co-authors PhD student Leonardo Bonati, ECE Research Assistant Professor Emrecan Demirors, and Professor Tommaso Melodia won the Best Paper Award at the 13th ACM Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & Characterization (WiNTECH) in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Northeastern University Launches the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia will be the new director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things which will drive advances in the ways that people stay connected worldwide.

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Creating the World’s Most Powerful Emulator of Wireless Systems

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia is working with NSF and DARPA to create the next generation of wireless technology by building a testbed named Colosseum, which will be the world’s most powerful emulator of wireless systems.

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Ioannidis to Lead $1M NSF Grant for Real-Time Learning for Next Generation Wireless Systems

ECE Assistant Professor Stratis Ioannidis is leading a $1M NSF grant, with Professors Jennifer Dy, Tommaso Melodia, Associate Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, and Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang, to develop “Efficient and Adaptive Real-Time Learning for Next Generation Wireless Systems”.

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NSF Names Third PAWR Wireless Research Platform in North Carolina’s Research Triangle

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the third award in its Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program. In collaboration with an industry consortium of 30 networking companies and associations, NSF is supporting the development and deployment of a new PAWR platform based in Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina – named Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (“AERPAW”)

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Melodia Appointed Editor in Chief of Computer Networks

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was appointed Editor in Chief (together with Prof. Antonio Iera from the University of Reggio Calabria, Italy), of Elsevier’s Computer Networks Journal.

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Melodia Awarded Patent to Ultrasonically Transmit Data Through Tissue

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent to create an “Ultrasonic multiplexing network for implantable medical devices”.

Using Sound Waves to Improve Medical Implants

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia is developing methods to use sound waves to transmit data wirelessly within implantable medical devices instead of the electromagnetic radio waves used today.

Melodia’s Group Wins Best Paper Award at WoWMoM

A paper from ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia’s lab on “HIRO-NET: Self-Organized Robotic Mesh Networking for Internet Sharing in Disaster Scenarios” won the Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE 20th International Symposium on World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM).

Melodia Awarded Patent

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for “Ultrasonic network for wearable devices.”

ECE Team Awarded DOD DURIP Grant

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia and co-PIs Associate Professors Kaushik Chowdhury, Stefano Basagni, and Assistant Professor Jose Angel Martinez-Lorenzo were awarded a $295K grant by the Office of Naval Research for their proposal on “PROTECT: A Millimeter-wave Programmable Radio platfOrm and Tactical wirelEss Communication Testbed” as part of DOD’s Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

New Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia is the founding director of Northeastern’s new Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, which will help build the next generation of wireless technologies.

Melodia Selected as IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia has been selected as an IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) for 2019 and 2020.

Melodia Named William Lincoln Smith Professor

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia has been named William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor in recognition of his significant research contributions and exceptional leadership in the field of electrical and computer engineering.

MIE/ECE Faculty Awarded $1.5M AFRL Grant

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia, ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh, and CCIS/ECE Affiliated Faculty Chris Amato were awarded a $1.5M Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) grant for “Robust Decentralized Classification and Coordination Algorithms for Swarms of SUAS.”

$1.5M Wireless/Machine Learning DARPA Award for Device Fingerprinting

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury is leading an interdisciplinary COE team leveraging a $1.5 million DARPA grant to identify device-specific radio signals on a massive scale.

Developing Reliable Underwater Acoustic Video Transmissions

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia and Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi, in collaboration with Rutgers University, were awarded a $1M NSF grant for “Reliable Underwater Acoustic Video Transmission Towards Human-Robot Dynamic Interaction”.

2018 GRI Seed Grant Awardees

Congratulations to the four COE teams out of eight total receiving 2018 Seed Grant funding from the Global Resilience Institute (GRI). The resilience project topics range from coastal flooding prediction to combating opioid addiction. This year’s pool of proposals was particularly robust, with submissions demonstrating both strengths in their interdisciplinary approaches and in their promise […]

Faculty and Staff Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Northeastern IoT Research Shines at IEEE Infocom in Honolulu, Hawaii

Northeastern researchers were prominently featured at the recent IEEE Infocom 2018 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 14-19. Prof. Tommaso Melodia served as Technical Program Chair for the conference, and was recognized with the class of new 2018 IEEE Fellows in the conference opening ceremony.  Prof. Kaushik Chowdhury and his team received a Best Paper […]

NSF PAWR Project Office Awards First Round of Funding

NSF PAWR Project Office Awards First Round of Funding for Groundbreaking Community-scale Wireless Experimental Platforms Northeastern’s College of Engineering research team, led by Tommaso Melodia, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), together with U.S. Ignite, Inc., a nonprofit organization, was selected to direct a National Science Foundation initiative: Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research. […]

Sharing of Wireless Network Frequency Bands

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for creating a “Method for sharing of unlicensed radio frequency bands by cellular LTE and WiFi networks”.

Melodia Selected as IEEE Fellow

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia was selected as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to underwater acoustic and multimedia networks.

ECE Team to Develop Testbed for Underwater Communication

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia will lead a three-year $1.57M NSF grant with Associate Professors Stefano Basagni, Matteo Rinaldi, and Professor Milica Stojanovic for the “Development of a Software-Defined Networking Testbed for the Internet of Underwater Things”.

Faculty and Staff Awards 2017

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Edward Beighley, CEE Yun Raymond Fu, ECE Tommaso Melodia, ECE Rising Star Staff Award Erin Schnepp, Undergraduate Academic Advising Carolina Venegas-Martinez, CEE Outstanding Teachers of First Year […]

2017 COE Faculty Fellows

Congratulations to this year’s class of COE Faculty Fellows: Ed Beighley, Raymond Fu, and Tommaso Melodia.

NSF pledges $100M for wireless tech hubs

The Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) led by ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia was featured in fedscoop.

Melodia Directs Groundbreaking NSF Wireless Communications Initiative

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia has been named the director of research of the Project Office for an NSF initiative called Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research, or PAWR, which will disburse over the next seven years nearly $100 million in investments from the NSF and more than 25 companies and industry associations to winning teams. The NSF will fund the PAWR Project Office, or PPO, with a five-year, $6.1 million award.

The Science Behind the New iPhone Headphones

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia explains the science behind the new iPhone bluetooth headphones.

$1.2M in New Wireless Networking Research Grants

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia has recently been awarded several national grants totaling over $1.2M to develop new wireless networks.

Four COE researchers named Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund Winners

Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) has granted $360,000 to nine innovative projects across the Commonwealth. This program is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and provides grants to university researchers to help them demonstrate the commercial viability of their technologies. Three of the Nine Organizations and researchers each receiving $40,000 in funding under the MA Seed […]

Using the Internet Underwater

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia is working to create a wireless underwater network that could be used from everything from tsunami detection and pollution monitoring to posting about your underwater explorations.

ECE Students & Professor Win Best Paper at International Conference

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia, Ph.D students Emrecan Demirors & G. Enrico Santagati, and MS student Bharataj G. Shanka coauthored a paper that won a "Best Student Paper Award" at the 10th ACM International Conference on UnderWater Networks and Systems.

ECE Associate Professor Melodia "Making A Splash" In The News

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia is in the news this week thanks to his pioneering research into subaquatic Wi-Fi.

FY16 TIER 1 Award Recipients

18 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY16 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects representing over $400K dollars of investment in research.