Kaushik Chowdhury

Professor and Associate 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


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 Jessica Ruyle from the University of Oklahoma, were awarded a $750K NSF grant for “MEDUSA: Mid-band Environmental Sensing Capability for Detecting Incumbents during Spectrum Sharing.”


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.”


Jun 27, 2022

Best Paper Award in ACM DroneCom 2021, co-located with ACM MobiCom

ECE PhD student Sara Garcia Sanchez, advised by Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, won the best paper award at the 2021 4th International Workshop on Drone Assisted Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond co-located with ACM MobiCom 2021 for her paper entitled “Camera-enabled joint robotic-communication paradigm for UAVs mounted with mmwave radios.”


Jun 08, 2022

DeepCharge Startup Transforms Surfaces into Universal Chargers

Main photo: DeepCharge, a startup spun out of a Northeastern College of Engineering lab, enables any surface to charge electronic devices. For every electronic device you own, there’s one more charger to lose, forget, mix up with a different charger, or simply forget to plug in. But what if charging took up no more thought […]

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May 10, 2022

NU Startup ‘DeepCharge’ Featured on Forbes

DeepCharge, founded by ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury and Research Assistant Professor Yousof Naderi, was featured in the Forbes article “DeepCharge Develops Universal Wireless Charging“. DeepCharge is a NU startup and part of the accelerator program at the Roux Institute.


Apr 15, 2022

Faculty and Staff Awards 2022

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2021-2022 academic school year.


Dec 23, 2021

COE Professors Selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

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 […]

Kaushik Chowdhury, Tommaso Melodia, and Francesco Restuccia


Nov 04, 2021

Institute of Wireless Internet of Things Part of IARPA Contract

The Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things is participating in an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) contract led by AiRANACULUS®, a Massachusetts-based technology company. The IARPA program is focused on identifying unexpected radio frequency (RF) transmissions to detect attempted data breaches. ECE Professors Kaushik Chowdhury (lead), Tommaso Melodia, and Francesco Restuccia, will work on designing machine learning techniques and support experimental testing for signal analysis and classification.

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