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Advanced Networking Laboratory

The Advanced Networking Laboratory (ANL) at NJIT engages in research to improve the performance, dependability, and trustworthiness of telecommunications networks.  

Our current and recent research projects focus on:

  • SoarNet (free Space Optics as bAckhaul and energizeR for drone-assisted NETworking) aims to simultaneously and rapidly transmit data and energy from an access node to a Drone-mounted Base Station.

  • FreeNet: Cognitive Wireless Networking Powered by Green Energy, figuratively synonymous to “Free Network”, aims to the lliberate wireless access networks from spectral and energy constraints.

  • GATE (Greening At The Edges) to transform the access portion of communications infrastructure into an energy efficient version, i.e., an environmentally friendly version.

  • Renewable Energy Powered Wireless Networks to facilitate optimal power supplies and energy sharing in the renewable power supply networks while maximizing the network coverage and capacity.

  • Improving bandwidth efficiency and fairness in cloud computing to provision more tenants efficiently and fairly.

  • All-optical networks to increase the information-carrying capacity and  the utilization of network assets via the re-arrangability of network connectivity.

  • Quality-of-Service (QoS) routing to support networked applications requiring different qualities of service.

  • Link state updating to expedite the exchange of network state information.

  • Active queue management to control congestion and to reduce the occurrence of overflows of packet buffers associated with network routers.

  • Traffic modeling and scheduling to improve the ability to engineer and operate networks with predictable qualities of service.

  • Broadband access to provide end users at network edges with sufficient bandwidth and QoS.

  • Network coding to improve network performance by mixing/coding information received from multiple links at intermediate network nodes.

  • Network security to maintain the integrity of the Internet and other emerging networks.

  • Specific network-based applications, such as electronic voting (e-voting) systems.


The goals of the Advanced Networking Laboratory are to identify, model, simulate, and demonstrate next-generation networking technologies, and to add to the knowledge base for next generation networks; to train tomorrow's network engineering innovators; and to foster industrial collaboration and international partnerships. ANL innovations are disseminated via patent disclosures, journal publications, conference presentations, and presentations to funding sponsors and prospective users.


For example, ANL, in collaboration with NEC America, has made advances in Passive Optical Networks. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported investigations into finding a new way to provide services to a growing set of traffic classes in next generation networks. ANL has led an international collaboration between Japan and the U.S. to identify and to develop advanced security technologies for the next generation of ubiquitous networks, under the Strategic International Cooperative Program between the Japan’s Science and Technology Agency and NSF. ANL is also conducting two NSF projects: GATE (Greening At The Edges) to transform the access portion of communications infrastructure into an energy efficient version; REPWiNet (Renewable Energy Powered Wireless Networks) to efficiently power future wireless networks by renewable energy.

The laboratory is equipped with a variety of computers, including SUN servers, SUN blades, and PCs. Associated with ANL is the Teaching, Training and Testing Networking Laboratory (T3Net) which has been established for instructional and training purposes; T3Net is equipped with a number of CISCO routers and SUN machines.



Advanced Networking Laboratory

New Jersey Institute of Technology

University Heights,
Newark, New Jersey 07102-1982
United States

Telephone Number: 1 (973) 596-5814

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