Princeton’s strengths

Our expertise at Princeton spans 

  • “end-to-end” across flows of data – from the mobile and wearable devices to wireless networks, programmable core networks, to edge and cloud; 
  • “full stack” starting with diverse applications at the top of the stack, continuing with software-defined platforms, to RF-to-THz-photonics  integrated circuits and systems at the bottom of the stack;
  • “theory to practice” with interdisciplinary leadership from machine learning and communication foundations to prototypes and large-scale testbeds; and
  • “cross-cutting technology” including security, privacy and resilience as well as social implications of nextG networks in equity, fairness, and bridging the digital divide. For example, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy focuses on security, privacy, and policy – all areas that intersect with NextG networks in the areas of consumer interest, broadband equity, safety/health, and wireless spectrum regulation and policy.

Princeton also leads in numerous complementary areas. NextG@Princeton synergizes with initiatives in the School of Engineering and Applied Science such as smart cities, and data and information sciences. Our multidisciplinary robotics initiative brings cognition and social awareness to the autonomous devices, powered by sensing, secure and reliable communication, and control methods. The Campus as a Lab initiative supported by our Office for Information Technology integrates the campus environment with NextG network research. These institutional advantages provide unique opportunities to undertake cross-cutting inter-area and interdisciplinary research in a collaborative atmosphere.

Geographical advantages

In the region and the nation, Princeton benefits from both physical proximity and alumni leadership with mobile carriers AT&T, Google, and Verizon, and sector leaders such as Nokia and Qualcomm.  A vibrant startup culture in New York and the broader Philadelphia-New York corridor capitalizes on the region’s strengths in finance, government, transportation, and healthcare.