Swarun Kumar

Swarun Kumar
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Office: 4102, Collaborative Innovation Center,
4720 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: swarun [at] cmu [dot] edu

Assistant: Grace Bintrim,
Email: gbintrim [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu
Phone: (412)-268-9192

I am an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's ECE department, with a courtesy appointment in the CS department. My research builds next-generation wireless network protocols and services. I lead the Emerging Wireless Technologies (WiTech) lab at CMU. I received the George Sprowls Award for best Ph.D thesis in Computer Science at MIT and the President of India gold medal at IIT Madras.


  • Gave a talk on future wireless at TEDxPittsburgh!
  • Our work on low-power WANs was accepted at NSDI 2020
  • Our work on pushing RFID range limits was accepted at NSDI 2019
  • I am co-organizing the ACM WiNTECH 2018 workshop at MobiCom 2018
  • Charm wins best paper award at IPSN 2018
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  • On the Feasibility of Wi-Fi Based Material Sensing Diana Zhang, Jingxian Wang, Junsu Jang, Junbo Zhang, Swarun Kumar, MobiCom 2019

  • Software Defined Cooking using a Microwave Oven Haojian Jin, Jingxian Wang, Swarun Kumar and Jason Hong, MobiCom 2019

  • Frequency Configuration for Low-Power Wide-Area Networks in a Heartbeat Akshay Gadre, Revathy Narayanan, Anh Luong, Swarun Kumar, Anthony Rowe and Bob Iannucci, NSDI 2020

  • Pushing the Range Limits of Commercial Passive RFIDs Jingxian Wang, Junbo Zhang, Rajarshi Saha, Haojian Jin, Swarun Kumar, NSDI 2019

  • Revisiting Software Defined Radios in the IoT Era Revathy Narayanan, Swarun Kumar, HotNets 2018

  • WiSh: Towards a Wireless Shape-aware World Haojian Jin, Jingxian Wang, Zhijian Yang, Swarun Kumar, Jason Hong, MobiSys 2018

  • Charm: Exploiting Geographical Diversity Through Coherent Combining in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks Adwait Dongare, Revathy Narayanan, Akshay Gadre, Artur Balanuta, Anh Luong, Swarun Kumar, Bob Iannucci, Anthony Rowe, IPSN 2018 (Best Paper Award)

  • A Deep Learning Approach to IoT Authentication Rajshekhar Das, Akshay Gadre, Shanghang Zhang, Swarun Kumar and Jose Moura, ICC 2018

  • Towards Wearable Everyday Body-Frame Tracking Haojian Jin, Zhijian Yang, Swarun Kumar, and Jason Hong, IMWUT 2017 (UbiComp 2018)

  • Empowering Low-Power Wide Area Networks in Urban Settings Rashad Eletreby, Diana Zhang, Swarun Kumar, and Osman Yagan, SIGCOMM 2017, Los Angeles, California

  • Eliminating Channel Feedback in Next-Generation Cellular Networks Deepak Vasisht, Swarun Kumar, Hariharan Rahul and Dina Katabi, SIGCOMM 2016, Brazil (Best Paper Award)

  • Decimeter-Level Localization with a Single WiFi Access Point, Deepak Vasisht, Swarun Kumar and Dina Katabi, NSDI 2016, Santa Clara, California

  • Pushing the Limits of Wireless Networks, Swarun Kumar, Ph.D Thesis, MIT 2015 (George M. Sprowls Outsanding Thesis Award)

  • Guaranteeing Spoof-Resilient Multi-Robot Networks, Stephanie Gil (Co-primary), Swarun Kumar (Co-primary), Mark Mazumder, Dina Katabi and Daniela Rus, RSS 2015, Rome, Italy (Invited to AURO for Extended Publication)

  • Accurate Indoor Localization with Zero Startup Cost, Swarun Kumar, Stephanie Gil, Dina Katabi and Daniela Rus, ACM MOBICOM 2014, Maui HI

  • LTE Radio Analytics Made Easy and Accessible, Swarun Kumar, Ezzeldin Hamed, Dina Katabi, and Li Erran Li, ACM SIGCOMM 2014,Chicago IL [PAPER]

  • Bringing Cross-Layer MIMO to Today's Wireless LANs, Swarun Kumar, Diego Cifuentes, Shyamnath Gollakota, and Dina Katabi, ACM SIGCOMM 2013, Hong Kong [PAPER][SLIDES]


  • 18-441/741 (Computer Networks), Spring 2018
  • 18-859G (Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems -- DARPA SC2 Edition), Fall 2017
  • 18-345 (Intro to Telecommunication Networks), Spring 2017
  • 18-859F (Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing), Spring 2016