Kaushik Chowdhury

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Research Focus

Dynamic spectrum access; energy harvesting sensor networks; 5G technology; intra-body communication; protocol design for wireless


Kaushik R. Chowdhury graduated with B.E. in Electronics Engineering with distinction from VJTI, Mumbai University, India, in 2003. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati, OH, in 2006, and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA in 2009. His M.S. thesis was given the outstanding thesis award jointly by the ECE and CS departments. He has also won the BWN researcher of the year award during his Ph.D. in 2007, and the best paper award in the AHSN symposium in IEEE ICC 2009. His expertise and research interests lie in wireless cognitive radio ad hoc networks, resource allocation in wireless multimedia sensor networks, and bio-medical applications of sensors. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society and the ACM.


  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009.

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Faculty Research Team Award
  • 2017 DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2016 COE Faculty Fellow
  • 2016 Office of Naval Research Director of Research Early Career Award
  • 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • Chair, IEEE Technical Committee on Simulation
  • Fellow, National Science Foundation of China

Research Overview

Dynamic spectrum access; energy harvesting sensor networks; 5G technology; intra-body communication; protocol design for wireless

Next Generation Networks and Systems Lab

The lab works on topics spanning various technologies and architectures involving wireless networks, from small implantable sensors within the human body to next generation macro-cell networks. We are not only enthusiastic about creating new theoretical foundations, but also demonstrating the technology on real systems. Our team is composed of students and research personnel from all over the world, and we enjoy the learning opportunity that comes with this diverse and multicultural environment.


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Selected Publications

  • Chowdhury, Kaushik Roy, Garcia Sanchez, Sara (2021). Robust 60-GHz Beamforming for UAVs: Experimental Analysis of Hovering, Blockage, and Beam Selection. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 8(12),9838-9854. 10.1109/JIOT.2020.3019456
  • Jian, Tong, Gong, Yifan, Zhan, Zheng, Shi, Runbin, Soltani, Nasim, Wang, Zifeng, Dy, Jennifer G., Chowdhury, Kaushik Roy, Wang, Yanzhi, Ioannidis, Stratis (2021). Radio Frequency Fingerprinting on the Edge. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ,1-1. 10.1109/TMC.2021.3064466
  • Li, Kai, Muncuk, Ufuk, Naderi, M. YousofChowdhury, Kaushik R. (2021). iSense: Intelligent Object Sensing and Robot Tracking through Networked Coupled Magnetic Resonant Coils. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 8(8),6637-6648. 10.1109/JIOT.2021.3053632
  • López-Benítez, Miguel, Raschellà, Alessandro, Pizzi, Sara, Wang, Li, Di Felice, Marco, Chowdhury, Kaushik Roy (2021). Smart spectrum and radio resource management for future 5G networks. Computer Networks, 193,108089. 10.1016/J.COMNET.2021.108089
  • Garcia Sanchez, Sara, Mohanti, Subhramoy, Jaisinghani, Dheryta, Chowdhury, Kaushik Roy (2020). Millimeter-wave Base Stations in the Sky: An Experimental Study of UAV-to-Ground Communications. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ,1-1. 10.1109/TMC.2020.3013575
  • Jian, Tong, Rendon, Bruno Costa, Ojuba, Emmanuel, Soltani, Nasim, Wang, Zifeng, Sankhe, Kunal, Gritsenko, Andrey, Dy, Jennifer, Chowdhury, KaushikIoannidis, Stratis (2020). Deep Learning for RF Fingerprinting: A Massive Experimental Study. IEEE Internet of Things Magazine, 3(1),50-57. 10.1109/IOTM.0001.1900065
  • Li, Kai, Muncuk, Ufuk, Naderi, M. YousofChowdhury, Kaushik Roy (2020). SoftCharge: Software Defined Multi-device Wireless Charging over Large Surfaces. IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, 10(1),38-51. 10.1109/JETCAS.2020.2973814
  • Sankhe, Kunal, Belgiovine, Mauro, Zhou, Fan, Angioloni, Luca, Restuccia, FrankMelodia, TommasoIoannidis, StratisChowdhury, Kaushik, D’Oro, Salvatore (2020). No Radio Left Behind: Radio Fingerprinting Through Deep Learning of Physical-Layer Hardware Impairments. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, 6(1),165-178. 10.1109/TCCN.2019.2949308
  • Trotta, Angelo, Muncuk, Ufuk, Di Felice, Marco, Chowdhury, Kaushik R. (2020). Persistent Crowd Tracking Using Unmanned AerIal Vehicle Swarms: A Novel Framework for Energy and Mobility Management. IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, 15(2),96-103. 10.1109/MVT.2020.2982244


Aug 03, 2021

2021 Acorn Innovation Awards

ECE Research Assistant Professor Yousof Naderi, Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, Assistant Professor Aatmesh Shrivastava, and ChE Assistant Professor Benjamin Woolston received Acorn Innovation Fund Awards which help in the commercialization of scientific breakthroughs in Massachusetts.

Kaushik Chowdhury, Tommaso Melodia, and Stratis Ioannidis.


Jul 29, 2021

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.

Kaushik Chowdhury, Tommaso Melodia, and Francesco Restuccia


Jul 20, 2021

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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Feb 11, 2021

Measuring Electromagnetic Activity of the Brain

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury was awarded a patent for “Sensor system and process for measuring electric activity of the brain, including electric field encephalography”.

Kaushik Chowdhury and Yousof Naderi


Oct 08, 2020

Transferring Energy Wirelessly to Power Devices

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury and Research Assistant Professor Yousof Naderi were awarded a patent for “Distributed wireless charging system and method.”

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Sep 03, 2020

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.

Kaushik Chowdhury, Pau Closas, Deniz Erdogmus, Tommaso Melodia, and Yanzhi Wang


May 07, 2020

$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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Mar 12, 2020

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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Jan 30, 2020

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.


Dec 17, 2019

ECE Receives Best Paper Award at IEEE GLOBECOM

ECE PhD students Kai Li, Ufuk Muncuk, Principal Research Scientist Yousof Naderi, and Associate Professor Kaushik Chowdhury were awarded the best paper award at the IEEE GLOBECOM 2019 conference for their paper “SoftSense: Collaborative Surface-based Object Sensing and Tracking Using Networked Coils”.

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