Carnegie Mellon University

Soummya Kar

Soummya Kar

The Buhl Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Soummya Kar is the Buhl Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a B.Tech. in electronics and electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in May 2005 and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2010. From June 2010 to May 2011, he was with the Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. His research interests include decision-making in large-scale networked systems, stochastic systems, multi-agent systems and data science, with applications in cyber-physical systems and smart energy systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


Ph.D., 2010 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Carnegie Mellon University

BTech, 2005 
Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering 
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur


My interest spans several aspects of stochastic adaptive control, decision-making, learning and inference in large-scale networked dynamical systems. Major technical thrust areas include stochastic analysis, distributed stochastic approximation, distributed algorithms, large deviations. Application domains include power networks and smart energy systems. 


  • Distributed information processing
  • Multi-agent decision making
  • Stochastic systems
  • Network science
  • Control Theory
  • Statistical Signal Processing

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Kar and Parno Receive Professorships

As the highest academic award a university can bestow on a faculty member, professorships are reserved for those who show continued contributions in their field.
Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Kar Named 2022 IEEE Fellow

Soummya Kar has been elevated to fellow status in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Kar, Pileggi Named Energy Fellows

The highly competitive Energy Fellows Program is designed to incentivize, promote and reward CMU’s most dedicated tenure track faculty.
Thursday, March 05, 2020

CMU Team Ranks Top 10 in the ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition

A team comprised of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Colorado Boulder has placed in the top 10 in all divisions of the ARPA-E Grid Optimization (GO) Competition.
Thursday, November 01, 2018

CMU team to participate in the ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition

A team comprised of faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Colorado Boulder were one of ten university teams selected to receive funding to participate in the ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kar wins best paper award

ECE Associate Professor Soummya Kar, with former ECE Ph.D. student Sérgio Pequito and University of Pennsylvania professor George J. Pappas, won the 2016 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council in the Theory Category.
Monday, February 08, 2016

Two ECE faculty awarded 2016 Dean's Early Career Fellowships

Five distinguished young faculty have been awarded the 2016 Dean’s Early Career Fellowships for groundbreaking work in their fields. This year’s awardees are Hakan Erdogmus (ECE), Soummya Kar (ECE), Carmel Majidi (MechE), Sheng Shen (MechE), and Paulina Jaramillo (EPP).
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DOE selects CMU to pioneer new solar storage projects in the U.S.

As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kar quoted in Post-Gazette on power grid research

ECE Assistant Research Professor Soummya Kar has been quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on a collaboration between a CMU research team, of which Kar is the principal scientist, CMU spinoff Aquion Energy, and the Department of Energy.