Northeastern University’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIoT) launches OUSD(R&E) Funded Open6G Cooperative Research and Development Center

Pioneering research institute for wireless 5G and 6G networks opens state-of-the-art research and development center.

BOSTON, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeast University is pleased to announce the formation of Open6G, a new collaborative research center supported by the US Department of Defense (DoD) focused on open, programmable and disaggregated 6G systems of the future. Open6G is spearheaded by an anchor award under the auspices of the Innovate Beyond 5G push within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Research and Technology) (OUSD(R&E)) 5G-to-xG initiative. The technical effort is accommodated at from Northeastern University Institute for Wireless Internet of Things. Industry partners and Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIoT) collaborators working in the wireless, defense, computing, and manufacturing industries include A5G Networks, AiRANACULUS, AMD, ANDRO Computational Solutions, AT&T, Bionet Sonar, Dell Technologies, InterDigital, Keysight Technologies, MathWorks, Mavenir, MITER, Nexcepta, NI (formerly National Instruments), NVIDIA, Qualcomm Inc., Raytheon Technologies, Red Hat, US Ignite and VIAVI.

from Northeastern University Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things Establishes Research and Development Center for Open6G

The new Open6G The facility will occupy approximately 4,600 square feet of prime space on the Innovation Campus Burlington, MA, and will be partnered with Colosseum, the world’s largest radio frequency channel emulator, enabling the building and testing of intelligent, autonomous, collaborative, wireless technologies for military and commercial purposes; a massive AI computing power; and one of the largest anechoic chambers in the world.


Open6GThe overall goal of is Creation of a cooperative research, development, testing and commercialization center between federal government, industry and university to boost systems research beyond 5G. It will examine topics such as future access and use of spectrum, performance of Open RAN architectures, AI/ML for inference and control, mmWave and terahertz systems, digital twins, augmented and virtual reality, and Web 3.0, among others. Open6G will provide its partners with Testbed-as-a-Service capabilities via a state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes unique test facilities such as Colosseum, Arena, XMili and Teranova. Open6G will develop a common reference architecture and open source software for B5G/6G based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards and the O-RAN specifications over public versions of the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OSA) stack.

Open6G is supported by a number of state-of-the-art facilities and resources The Northeast College of Engineers:
coliseum is the world’s largest emulator of virtualized wireless systems. Its enormous computing resources (CPU, GPU, FPGA) enable WIoT to research, develop and test systems like 5G, O-RAN, AI, Spectrum, IoT or drones. AI Jump Start Racks Unique AI+wireless test facilities can perform large-scale training from RF datasets collected on Colosseum, real-time, AI-driven signal processing, and model-free adaptation and network control, allowing WIoT to expand Colosseum’s AI capabilities. arena is a open access Indoor wireless test platform that a Real time real channel Rating platform with fully synchronized Testbed and can deliver repeatable, flexible and scalable performance high fi indoor experiments. XMili (mmWave) is the largest mmWave testbed available nationwide; Teranova is the first testbed to enable transmissions above 1 THz (or true terahertz) and ultra-wideband signal processing in real time. WIoT hosts one of 4 statewide FCC Innovation Zones located at from Northeastern University main campus in Boston, MAand innovation campus in Burlington, MA. WIots FCC Innovation Zone offers a wide range of frequencies and is the first and only Innovation Zone to support frequencies in the ranges: 71-86 GHz, 122.5-140 GHz, 209-225 GHz, 232-235 GHz, 238-250 GHz and 1 -1.05THz. RFData Factory is a one-stop resource for generating, maintaining, and sharing wireless records.

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“Open6G offers the expertise of Northeast Faculty, researchers and students to create partnerships that will shape the future of our connected world,” says Prof. Tommaso Melodydirector of from Northeastern University Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and Research Director of the PAWR Project Office. “We will work with our partners in academia, industry and government to solidify Open6G’s role as the leading national resource for next-generation wireless systems, their applications and their societal impact.”

DR Sumit RoyProgram Director for Innovate Beyond 5G at OUSD(R&E), stated, “DoD cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and rely solely on the commercial industry to develop B5G capabilities; it must invest in test labs for systems integration based on open standards and aligned with DoD applications The Open6G Center will accelerate core components of the beyond 5G protocol stack serving both DoD and commercial wireless requirements and applications North American leadership in future “Next G” Technologies”.

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About the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeast University.

The Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIoT) at Northeastern University is an interdisciplinary research center, think tank, and technology incubator that advances advances in connected systems and their societal applications and impacts. The WIoT conducts cutting-edge research, develops new interdisciplinary educational models and new technologies for networked systems at the interface between the physical and digital worlds and examines their legal, economic, ethical and political implications. WIoT hosts leading national programs such as the NSF Advanced Wireless Research Platforms, 5G/6G R&D Centers, AI for Wireless Systems and Future Spectrum Use. The Open6G project is managed by the Kostas Research Institute under a collaboration agreement with the Army Research Laboratory.

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