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

Popular Mechanics

Sekar and Kumar quoted on security

CyLab/ECE’s Vyas Sekar and Swarun Kumar were quoted in Popular Mechanics on how outdated technology could pose a security risk.

Association for Computing Machinery

Kumar awarded 2021 SIGBED Early Career Researcher Award

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was selected as the winner for the 2021 SIGBED Early Career Researcher Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by early career investigators in the area of embedded, real-time, and cyber-physical systems.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Third round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced

Carnegie Mellon CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has announced its third round of funding, which will support 12 Internet of Things (IoT)-related projects for one year.


Kumar quoted on affordable 5G

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in Lifewire on why affordable 5G is so important.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

IoT@CyLab sharpens focus on Industrial IoT

Carnegie Mellon’s Secure and Private IoT initiative (IoT@CyLab) has recognized the so-called Industrial IoT (IIoT) as the next big challenge in IoT security.


Kumar discussed the future of 5G

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was featured in a TechRepublic article about the future of 5G and his experience with remote teaching.

CMU Engineering

Detecting wireless interference

ECE researchers were awarded a $1M NSF grant to investigate a system that allows devices to scan wide bandwidths to avert interference.


Kumar 5G commentary featured in TechTarget

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in TechTarget on the benefits of deploying 5G on manufacturing floors. He advised businesses to evaluate all facets of the technology, including the number of devices they would need and the required latency, not just higher speed.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Jin receives 2020 UbiComp Outstanding Student Award

Haojian Jin, a fifth year Ph.D. student, received the Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award during the virtual UbiComp 2020 awards ceremony.


Kumar, Rowe, and students featured on radar research

ECE’s Swarun Kumar, Anthony Rowe, Akarsh Prabhakara, and Vaibhav Singh’s research on using radar to track tire wear was featured in Gizmodo.

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