By manipulating the properties of light waves to produce a swirling vortex of lasers at nano scales, a team of researchers opened the door to an unlimited number of possibilities to decongest the internet. “Imagine the amount of data that the internet has to handle,” says Josep Jornet, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “We need to find ways to squeeze more data in the same infrastructure.”
This is the world that the sixth-generation wireless network can unlock, says Tommaso Melodia, William Lincoln Smith chair professor of electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern. In October, his Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things will host a two-day virtual conference that will convene leaders from industry, academia, and government develop a roadmap for research and development for the successor to the 5G mobile network.