The Next Generation Networks Laboratory (NGNLab) in the Department of Computer Technology, Anna University, MIT Campus, was established in 2012 with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) sponsor. The lab's principal investigator is Dr. Gunasekaran Raja, a Professor in the Department of Computer Technology at Anna University. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow from the University of California, Davis, USA.
The NGNLab has over 100 publications in high-impact factor journals such as IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vehicular Technology, Internet of Things, Industrial Informatics, etc., and conference articles in venues such as IEEE: INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, ICC, VTC, ACM: MobiCom, etc. The working groups in the lab have conducted several collaborative projects in the domains of Next Generation Networks, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Autonomous Vehicles with a specialized focus on networking via 5G & 6G, artificial intelligence, vision-based approaches, blockchain, and cybersecurity funded by national and international agencies, including DST, Erasmus, DAAD, and more.
Owing to the diverse and novel research, NGNLab has been sanctioned grants for noteworthy projects such as autonomous camera drones for an interactive experience, intelligent handoff optimization in next-generation networks, the development of an automatic steering control system in manually operated tractors, intelligent blockchain framework for a secure and automated SCM for SMEs, as well as a traffic management mechanism for public safety. All such undertakings of NGNLab are closely collaborating with researchers from within India and across top-tier universities in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the UK, Singapore, Qatar, and more.
The NGNLab provides international exposure via collaborative research with top researchers worldwide and student exchange with international collaborators at the University of California, Davis, USA, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (under Erasmus+ Credit Mobility), University of Jena, Germany (under DAAD Indo-German), etc. Numerous internship opportunities in Fortune 500 companies like SAP, Amazon, etc., are also supported by alumni networks in companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc.
The NGN alumni are pioneers in various academic professions, and many have received fellowships from reputed national and international bodies. They are at the forefront of state-of-the-art research in leading domains in the current worldwide economy. The lab has been a foundation for many successful ventures and innovative research, with its members constantly and passionately striving to accomplish the novel.