Swarun Kumar is an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a courtesy appointment in Computer Science. His research focuses on building next-generation wireless network protocols and services. He leads the Emerging Wireless Technologies (WiTech) lab at CMU. He 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.

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2015 Ph.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2010 BS, Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


Media mentions

CMU Engineering

PushID: Pushing the limits of commercial RFIDs

Swarun Kumar’s lab has created PushID, a tracking system that may just be the answer to never losing anything again.

CMU Engineering

First round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced

CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has broken ground as the first round of funded proposals have been announced. Twelve selected projects will be funded for one year, and results will be presented at the IoT@CyLab annual summit next year.

CMU Engineering

Creating shape-aware surfaces

WiSh, a shape-sensing technology, could shape how we interact with virtual reality and how we create smart cities.

The Washington Post

Kumar discusses impact of next-generation wireless technology

ECE’s Swarun Kumar spoke with The Washington Post about the various ways in which 5G technology will redefine the future, changing industries from architecture to the Internet of Things.

Popular Science

Kumar quoted on standard Wi-Fi mesh networks

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in Popular Science about whether industry players would standardize their mesh networks to be functional with devices of different vendors.

Popular Science

Kumar comments on the use of aluminum foil to enhance Wi-Fi Signals

According to ECE’s Swarun Kumar in an article for Popular Science, using aluminum foil to enhance our Wi-Fi connection “makes perfect sense” in principle because “like light, Wi-Fi signals are reflected by metals.”

CMU Engineering

Radio City in Silicon Valley

CMU-SV/CyLab's Bob Iannucci explains how the future of radio technology will take us beyond Wifi and LTE receivers to a whole new computing platform.

CMU Engineering

Choir: bringing harmony to discord in the IoT world

Introducing Choir, a networking platform created by ECE Assistant Professor Swarun Kumar, that can potentially be used to connect IoT devices.


Kumar quoted about RFID tracking drones

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in TechXplore about RFID tracking drones that are being developed to optimize supply chain management, especially in large warehouses.

Popular Science

Kumar quoted in Popular Science about Wi-Fi Doppler effect for new Apple feature

Although the Wi-Fi Doppler effect may not provide specific data about a vehicle's speed, ECE’s Swarun Kumar says in Popular Science that “it could still provide basic information as to whether someone is stationary or not.”

MIT News

Kumar featured in MIT News for multirobot systems research

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was featured in MIT News for working on a paper published in Autonomous Robots, titled "Guaranteeing Spoof-Resilient Multi-Robot Networks."