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


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CMU Engineering

Sensing tire wear

Researchers propose how we can we measure and monitor tire wear with tire wear sensors, increasing safety on the road, saving drivers money, and ultimately, saving lives.

Consumer Reports

Kumar quoted on wireless headphones

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in Consumer Reports on how true wireless headphones work

Scott Institute

CMU Engineering faculty awarded Scott Institute seed grants

Eight research projects lead by CMU Engineering faculty have been awarded 2020 Seed Grants for Energy Research by the Scott Institue for Energy Innovation.

CMU Engineering

Engineering faculty receive CAREER awards

Four College of Engineering faculty members have been awarded CAREER awards by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Second round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced

Carnegie Mellon CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has announced its second round of funding, which will support ten IoT-related projects for one year.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kumar awarded for LP-WANs work

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was awarded the CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation for his work on low-power wide-area networks.

Consumer Reports

Kumar comments on the next leap in wireless charging

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in Consumer Reports on wireless charging and what hurdles must be overcome before making this technology a reality.

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.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

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.