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Anurag Kumar



Anurag Kumar obtained his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1977, and was awarded the President of India’s Gold Medal. He then obtained the PhD degree from Cornell University (1981), where he worked under the guidance of Prof. T.L. Fine. He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel, N.J., for over 6 years. During this period he worked on the performance analysis of computer systems, communication networks, and manufacturing systems. Since 1988 he has been with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in the Dept. of Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE), where he is a Professor, and is also currently the Director of IISc. From 2000 to 2004 he was the Associate Chair of the ECE Department, from 2004 to 2007 he was the Chair of the ECE Department, and from 2007 to 2014 he was the Chair of Electrical Sciences Division. From 1989 to 2003 he was also the Coordinator at IISc of the nationwide Education and Research Network (ERNET) Project, which established the first country-wide packet communication network in India.

Research Overview

Anurag’s research interests are in the area of Communication Networks particularly stochastic modelling, analysis, optimisation and control problems arising in communication networks, computers and distributed systems.

Specific research areas currently being pursued:

Ad-hoc wireless networks and sensor networks: capacity analysis, distributed self-organisation, and algorithms for table-free forwarding in static or mobile ad hoc networks; mobile opportunistic networks, and social influence spread over such networks
Distributed event detection problems in wireless sensor networks
Performance analysis of and quality of service techniques for IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networks: analysis, design of overlaid control algorithms, and implementation in a centralised WLAN controller being developed by his group.

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