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Awardee:NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Doing Business As Name:Northeastern University
PD/PI:
  • Dimitrios Koutsonikolas
  • (617) 373-7529
  • d.koutsonikolas@northeastern.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Stefano Basagni
  • Kaushik R Chowdhury
  • Josep M Jornet
  • Tommaso Melodia
Award Date:09/19/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 2,077,596
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 2,077,596
  • FY 2021=$2,077,596
Start Date:10/01/2021
End Date:09/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:MRI: Development of X-Mili: An Open, Programmable Platform to Conquer the 5G and 6G Wireless Spectrum
Federal Award ID Number:2117814
DUNS ID:001423631
Parent DUNS ID:001423631
Program:Networking Technology and Syst
Program Officer:
  • Deepankar Medhi
  • (703) 292-2935
  • dmedhi@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:360 HUNTINGTON AVE
City:BOSTON
State:MA
ZIP:02115-5005
County:Boston
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:07

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Northeastern University
Street:360 Huntington Ave
City:Boston
State:MA
ZIP:02115-5005
County:Boston
Country:US
Cong. District:07

Abstract at Time of Award

Communication in the millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency bands has emerged as a potential solution to the bandwidth crunch problem by realizing multi-Gbps rates. Communication in the 28 GHz and 38 GHz spectrum bands is a major building block of the 5G cellular architecture, and communication at even higher frequencies is expected to play a major role in the upcoming 6G architecture. The proposed project will acquire the necessary hardware and software components to build X-Mili, an 8-node mmWave experimental testbed, which would combine the following features: (i) dual-band operation at both 60 GHz and 28 GHz, enabling both WLAN and5G cellular research, and extensibility towards higher (6G) frequency bands, (ii) practical phased antenna arrays, (iii) bidirectional SISO, 2x2 SU-MIMO, and MU-MIMO operations in both bands, (iv) full programmability at all layers of the protocol stack, and (vi) O-RAN compliance. Example projects enabled by the proposed infrastructure include characterization of ultra-wideband MIMO (Multiple-Input & Multiple-Output) and OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing) channels and new PHY layer design for 5G and 6G bands, cross-layer design of novel algorithms for single-user and multi-user MIMO and link adaptation, machine learning-driven link and network adaptation, resource allocation, and network management, software defined networking, security in 5G networks, joint sensing and communications, enabling high-bandwidth, low-latency applications over mmWave networks, spectrum sensing, and vital sign monitoring. The proposed development activity would provide the mmWave research community with a unique experimental platform that may be instrumental in advancing research activities in the fields of mmWave communications, networking, and sensing. All measurement data generated during the development phase as well as datasets contributed by research groups using the instrument would become publicly available. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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