Ragunathan (Raj) Rajkumar is the George Westinghouse Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Rajkumar serves as director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, USDOT Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, USDOT T-SET National University Transportation Center, Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Lab, and co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Connected and Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab (CAD-CRL).

Rajkumar's research interests lie in all aspects of embedded real-time systems and wireless/sensor networks. In the domain of embedded real-time systems, his interests include but are not limited to operating systems, scheduling theory, resource management, wired/wireless networking protocols, quality of service management, hardware/software architecture, model-based design tools and power management. In the context of wireless/sensor networks, his research interests span hardware, devices, power-efficient networking protocols, run-time environments, large-scale system architectures, visualization and administrative tools.

Rajkumar has received multiple awards, including the Carnegie Science Award in Information Technology, the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and the Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Stystems. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers and a Distinguished Engineer by the Association for Computing Machinery. He has received multiple best paper awards, spoken at various conferences and events, been a member or chair of professional committees and conferences, and consulted for several companies. Rajkumar is a member of the editorial board of Real-Time Systems Journal and previously served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

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1989 Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

1986 MS, Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

1984 Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Electronics and Communications Engineering, University of Madras

Media mentions


Rajkumar quoted on Tesla executive’s departure

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar spoke to Reuters about the abrupt departure of top Tesla executive Andrej Karpathy, suggesting the automaker would look in-house to find Karpathy’s replacement.


Rajkumar talks Tesla layoffs

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar spoke to Reuters about Tesla’s recent move to lay off hundreds of employees at its San Mateo office. “Tesla is clearly in a major cost-cutting mode,” he said.

Fast Company

Traffic21 team cited on autonomous mobility

A paper by the Traffic21 team from CMU was cited in an article in Fast Company on autonomous mobility and smart cities.

The Verge

Rajkumar quoted on AV crash data

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in The Verge on the recent release of crash reports by autonomous vehicle companies.

Associated Press

Rajkumar interviewed on Tesla crash rates

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was interviewed in an AP news article on the impending release of Tesla’s crash report. Rajkumar explains why he would not be surprised if Tesla reported a high number of crashes.


Rajkumar quoted on Tesla issues

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Gizmodo on the drawbacks of steering technology in self-driving Tesla models.


Rajkumar interviewed on international chip shortage

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in an article published by WESA on how the international microchip shortage has disrupted research at CMU.


Rajkumar quoted on self-driving revenue

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Reuters on revenue generated by self-driving vehicles.


Rajkumar joins Insight LiDAR’s as technical advisor

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was featured in Businesswire for his appointment as Insight LiDAR’s technical advisor.


Rajkumar quoted on Waymo and the robotaxi market

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Reuters on the robotaxi race, with Arizona company Waymo currently in the lead.


Rajkumar quoted on public opinion surrounding AV

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Forbes on public opinion of autonomous vehicles. 

Consumer Reports

Rajkumar quoted on Tesla cameras

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted by Consumer Reports about the camera-AI system used by Tesla’s autonomous vehicles.