Carnegie Mellon University

Swarun Kumar

Swarun S. Kumar

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • 4102 Collaborative Innovation Center
  • 412-268-1892
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I am an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's ECE department, with a courtesy appointment in the CS department. My research builds next-generation wireless network protocols and services. I lead the Emerging Wireless Technologies (WiTech) lab at CMU. I 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.



  • Computer networks
  • Wireless systems
  • Mobile networking
  • Physical layer
  • CPS
  • IoT
  • Wireless security

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Monday, September 17, 2018

An Impressionable Technology: creating shape-aware surfaces

WiSh, a shape-sensing technology, could shape how we interact with virtual reality and how we create smart cities.
Friday, June 08, 2018

Kumar discusses impact of next-generation wireless technology

The Washington Post talked to Swarun Kumar about the various ways in which 5G technology will redefine the future, changing industries from architecture to the Internet of Things.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kumar quoted on standard Wi-Fi mesh networks

Popular Science quoted Swarun Kumar on standardizing Wi-Fi mesh network devices.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Faculty and students win at IPSN 2018

Carnegie Mellon University had a strong showing at this year’s International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) in Porto, Portugal, by winning Best Paper, Best Demo, and taking first and second place in the Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition.
Monday, December 11, 2017

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

Every day, we use devices like iPhones, computers, and tablets to complete tasks at work or finish school projects. These devices, as we know, require Wi-Fi signals to function properly. Without a strong Wi-Fi connection, we can’t access the internet, email our co-workers, or conduct online research for a school project.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Radio City

Iannucci is the director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University, and resident at CMU’s Silicon Valley campus. His cell phone exemplifies how prevalent radio technology is in our daily lives. If it weren’t for radios, we wouldn’t type on Bluetooth keyboards, wouldn’t engage in wireless video chats, wouldn’t be guided safely to our destinations by GPS mapping. These technologies illustrate what radios do for us now. But what will they do for us in the future?
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bringing harmony to discord in the IoT world

Billions of devices are connected to wireless networks all over the globe, and because of the Internet of Things (IoT), they’re starting to communicate with each other and the cloud now more than ever. Today, some of our devices can ‘talk’ with other applications to make our lives more manageable and stress-free: our smart phones can track our movements to help us navigate, and our Fitbits can count our steps to monitor our health, but what if every device in our homes, or in our cities, could be connected to the Internet?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kumar featured in MIT News for multirobot systems research

Swarun Kumar was featured in MIT News for working on a paper published in Autonomous Robots, titled “Guaranteeing spoof-resilient multi-robot networks.”
Friday, August 26, 2016

Kumar and colleagues win Best Paper Award at SIGCOMM

The paper develops a new technology that is fundamental for the deployment of 5-G cellular networks
Monday, January 11, 2016

Meet the new ECE faculty members

As a new semester begins, we welcome three new faculty members to ECE. Meet Brandon Lucia, Swarun Kumar, and Maysam Chamanzar.