Swarun Kumar is an associate 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

Five Engineering faculty receive professorships

ECE’s Yuejie Chi, MSE’s Marc De Graef, ECE’s Swarun Kumar, ECE’s Brandon Lucia, and MechE’s Rebecca Taylor recently received professorships in Engineering for their outstanding scholarly achievements.

CMU Engineering

CMU 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.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Peekaboo! Here’s a system to guarantee smart home privacy

CyLab researchers have developed a new privacy-sensitive architecture for developers to build smart home apps.

Daily Beast

Kumar quoted on fiber that can turn clothes into listening devices

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in Daily Beast on a fiber that can be used to turn clothes into listening devices.

Fast Company

Kumar quoted on 5G technology

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted by Fast Company about the advantages offered by the advancement of 5G technology.

CMU Engineering

Monitoring cow movement

Researchers develop smart farm infrastructure for monitoring animal health and agricultural productivity.`


Kumar and Majidi’s research on fabric-friendly sensors featured

ECE’s Swarun Kumar and MechE’s Carmel Majidi have had their research on fabric-friendly sensors featured in I-Connect007. 

Thrive Global

Kumar interviewed about 5G

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was interviewed by Thrive Global on 5G: what it is, how it can improve lives, and what concerns need to be addressed.


Kumar quoted on 5G technology

ECE’s Swarun Kumar spoke to Parade about 5G technology and its many potential applications. In addition to increasing mobile internet speeds, expanded 5G coverage could also allow for new applications like augmented reality and increased connectivity for the Internet of Things.

CMU Engineering

Fabric-friendly sensors

Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed fabric-friendly near-field communication antennas that can be woven into everyday surfaces for building smart environments.

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.