Swarun Kumar


  • SIGCOMM 2016 Best Paper Award
  • George M. Sprowls Award for Outstanding Ph.D Thesis in Computer Science, MIT, 2015
  • Communications of the ACM (CACM) Research Highlight for MegaMIMO, 2014
  • MOBICOM Best Presentation Second Place Award, 2014
  • MOBICOM S3 Workshop Best Poster Award, 2014
  • MOBICOM S3 Workshop Best Elevator Pitch Award, 2013
  • MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Contest: Finalist (Business Plan), 2013
  • MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Contest: Winning Team (Elevator Pitch), 2012
  • MIT Jacobs Presidential Fellowship, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, SECRYPT, 2010
  • Valedictorian, President of India Gold Medalist for Highest CGPA at IIT Madras, 2010
  • Prof. Narasihman Fellowship at IIT Madras, 2008
  • Bronze Medalist, International Olympiad on Informatics, 2006
  • Invited to view republic day parade from Prime Minister's box for excellence in CBSE exams, 2006


  • Wireless networks that follow you around a room, optimize themselves and even talk to each other out loud, NetworkWorld, 2013
  • Making Driverless Cars Safer, Slashdot, 2012
  • Driverless car is wireless star at MIT, NetworkWorld, 2012
  • Talking cars help each other see around blind corners, NewScientist, 2012
  • Be sensitive thermometers if not thermostats, The Hindu, 2010
  • Indian students are set for Informatics Olympiad, The Hindu, 2006
  • Planned effort the key for Chennai students, NDTV, 2006


  • Co-organized a workshop on Communication-aware Robotics in RSS 2014, premier robotics conference. The workshop brought together global experts in networking and robotics and had invited talks from eight top researchers in both areas.
  • Reviewer: SIGCOMM 2016, MobiCom 2016
  • External reviwer: International Journal for Robotics Research, IEEE Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Wireless, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, INFOCOM, IEEE Pervasive Computing

Swarun Kumar, Assistant Professor, CMU ECE