Kaushik Chowdhury

Professor and Vice Chair of Research,  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

  • 2022 Excellence in Mentoring Award
  • 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
Kaushik Chowdhury


Jul 26, 2023

Chowdhury Selected as Finalist for Blavatnik National Award in Physical Sciences & Engineering

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury was selected as a finalist for the 2023 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering for addressing the global need of telecommunications spectrum scarcity, as well as improve connectivity by designing next generation wireless systems and machine learning-based network operations.

Deniz Erdogmus


May 24, 2023

Kostas Research Institute Receives $13M U.S. Army Contract for Wireless Research

The Kostas Research Institute (KRI) at Northeastern University has been awarded $13 million by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory for foundational research into Cognitive Distributed Sensing in Congested Radio Frequency Environments. KRI and five partner institutions will conduct innovative research to enable technologies in distributed machine learning, signal processing algorithms, and computational, sensing, and communication hardware infrastructure for distributed sensing and communication.

Kaushik Chowdhury


Jan 12, 2023

Creating Intelligent Access Points in Dense Wi-Fi Networks

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury was awarded a patent for “Method and apparatus for access point discovery in dense WiFi networks”.


Nov 18, 2022

COE Researchers Honored at Annual BPLA Invented Here!

The Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) hosted its annual Invented Here! contest and honored COE inventors who help further innovation not only in our region but worldwide.

Kaushik Chowdhury and Yousof Naderi


Nov 04, 2022

Wireless Charging of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

ECE Research Assistant Professor Yousof Naderi and Professor Kaushik Chowdhury were awarded a patent for “Wireless charging of unmanned aerial vehicles.”


Nov 02, 2022

2022 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]


Sep 20, 2022

Northeastern in Top 100 Universities with U.S. Utility Patents

For the seventh consecutive year, Northeastern University has appeared in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) list of Top 100 Universities that were granted U.S. utility patents in 2021, cementing it as a world leader in academia and research.

Chowdhury and Roy


Sep 08, 2022

Targeting the Shared Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury and Associate Research Scientist Debashri Roy, in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma, were awarded a $750K NSF grant for “MEDUSA: Mid-band Environmental Sensing Capability for Detecting Incumbents during Spectrum Sharing.” The objective of the project is to detect the presence of static/mobile radar and anomalous transmissions within concurrent and comparatively higher power 5G and 4G-LTE signals through machine learning and receiver antenna design.


Jul 22, 2022

Six Engineering Spinouts Selected as Eddies Finalists

Six spinout companies that were created by engineering faculty have been selected as finalists for the Massachusetts Innovation Network’s innovation competition, The Eddies. Every year, the Massachusetts Innovation Network hosts its signature innovation competition, The Eddies. The Eddies (formerly known as NE Innovation Awards) is the oldest and longest running innovation competition in New England. […]


Jun 28, 2022

Two Patents Issued for Naderi & Chowdhury Innovation

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury and Research Assistant Professor Yousof Naderi were awarded patents for “Encoding and decoding data in communication frames of a communications protocol” and “Distributed wireless charging system and method.”

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