Each of the NextG research areas at Princeton ranges from foundational discovery to applied innovation. The following are just a few examples of how NextG research intersects with other major cross-disciplinary initiatives at Princeton, enabling innovations of broad benefit to society.

Decentralized Systems

Wireless technologies are enabling a wide range of applications with potential to decentralize systems that conventionally require central authorities or infrastructure. Researchers in Princeton’s NextG community are collaborators on a recently launched initiative in decentralization of power through technology.

Smart cities

Developing cities that are sustainable, resilient, livable, and equitable requires new generations of communications across multiple systems, from public infrastructure to commercial products. NextG researchers are integral to Princeton’s Metropolis Project, developing sensors, inter-vehicle communications systems, and other applications critical to urban life.


Wireless technologies are key to new generations of autonomous systems that interact with people and with other autonomous systems and agents. With a world-leading faculty in robotics, Princeton is a hub of research that spans the underlying mathematics of control theory to applied projects in vehicle sensing and coordination.


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