Carnegie Mellon University

Swarun Kumar

Swarun S. Kumar

Sathaye Family Foundation Career Development Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • 4113 Collaborative Innovation Center
  • 412-268-1892
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I am the Sathaye Family Foundation Career Development 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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Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Kumar Receives ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award

The Award recognizes an individual who has made recent outstanding research or product contributions to the field of mobile computing during the early part of their career.
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Going Wireless Is Not Just For Phones

A team of researchers developed a platform where soft robots can be controlled in a non-line-of-sight context using wireless energy.
Thursday, July 13, 2023

Wireless Beamforming

Ph.D. alumnus Jingxian Wang has been awarded the ACM SIGMOBILE award for his thesis, “Blind Wireless Beamforming to Power, Heat, and Move,” which explores ways in which blind beamforming systems can deliver precise energy to battery-free devices.
Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Carnegie Mellon launches initiative to transform nanosatellite capabilities

Researchers at CMU’s College of Engineering are working to develop computationally capable constellations of nanosatellites, equipped with machine learning techniques that extract valuable insights from the data while still in orbit.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Researchers discover cost-effective way to harness satellite signals

As low orbit satellites become more abundant, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are uncovering new ways to harness satellite frequencies using small, low-cost, mobile devices.
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Kumar Quoted in The Daily Beast

Kumar was quoted in Daily Beast on a fiber that can be used to turn clothes into listening devices.
Monday, September 20, 2021

Monitoring Cow Movement

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Virginia Tech have developed a versatile, reliable, and attack-resistant wireless sensor network for smart animal monitoring.
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Kumar Interviewed About 5G

Swarun Kumar was interviewed by Thrive Global on 5G: what it is, how it can improve lives, and what concerns need to be addressed.
Thursday, June 03, 2021

Fabric Friendly Sensors

Researchers win best paper and presentation for a novel sensing modality that locates everyday objects at the 2021 ACM/IEEE's IPSN.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Kumar Awarded 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.
Tuesday, February 09, 2021

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.
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Kumar discusses the future of 5G

Swarun Kumar was featured in a TechRepublic article about the future of 5G and his experience with remote teaching.
Monday, October 05, 2020

Kumar 5G Commentary Featured in TechTarget

Swarun Kumar was quoted in TechTarget on the benefits of deploying 5G on manufacturing floors.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Jin Receives 2020 UbiComp Outstanding Student Award

Haojian Jin, a fifth-year Ph.D. student, received the Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award on Thursday, September 17, 2020, during the virtual UbiComp 2020 awards ceremony.
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Squeezing More Out of Wireless

Researchers have demonstrated an alternate way to fulfill the traffic demands by squeezing out more from existing frequency bands using a technique called full duplex.
Monday, September 14, 2020

Detecting Wireless Interference

Swarun Kumar, Anthony Rowe, and Robert Iannucci from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have been awarded a $1M National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate a system that allows teams of geo-distributed low-power devices to quickly and efficiently scan wide bandwidths to avert interference.
Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Talking Tattoos

Carnegie Mellon University researchers develop RFID Tattoos for persons with voice disabilities.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Sensing Tire Wear

Today, every car has tire pressure sensors. But what if they also had tire wear sensors? This would increase safety on the road, save drivers money, and ultimately, save lives.
Monday, July 06, 2020

Kumar Quoted on Wireless Headphones

Swarun Kumar was quoted in Consumer Reports on how true wireless headphones work.
Friday, June 12, 2020

A Science Experiment for Dinner

Kumar and students developed a low-cost closed-loop microwave system that is programmed to heat food uniformly. The team’s paper was accepted at the MobiCom 2019 conference. Their work was also featured in the ACM GetMobile magazine this year, one of a select group of mobile systems papers. The research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Tracking Wildfires

A research team has received the Best Paper Award at the 19th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) in recognition of their work "Quick (and Dirty) Aggregate Queries on LP-WANs" (QuAiL).
Monday, January 27, 2020

Providing Wireless Connectivity at Lower Data Rates

Swarun Kumar, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award supporting his research on low-power wide-area networks.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Kumar comments on the next leap in wireless charging

Swarun Kumar was quoted in Consumer Reports on wireless charging and what hurdles must be overcome before making this technology a reality.
Thursday, May 09, 2019

PushID: Pushing the Limits of Commercial RFIDs

According to SITA (a leading specialist in air transport technology), mishandled baggage costs the industry an estimated $2.3 billion in 2017 alone. While this frustrating experience affects millions of travelers each year, researchers are searching for new ways to improve the tracking technology.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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.
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.