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

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Kumar Receives ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award

ECE’s Swarun Kumar has been awarded the ACM SIGMOBILE 2024 Rockstar Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the design of novel techniques to extend the range of low-power networks and the development of the area of programmable targeted wireless energy delivery.


Kumar discusses why 5G can be slower than 4G networks

ECE’s Swarun Kumar discusses why 5G can be slower than 4G networks on WTAE. “Think of this from the operators’ point of view. They are rolling out a new network. There are going to be bugs; there are going to be issues. They’re going to have to assess how many users are on the new network rather than the old network,” he says.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Second round of Future Enterprise Security Initiative funded projects announced

CyLab’s Future Enterprise Security Initiative has announced its second round of funded proposals.


Kumar discusses national emergency alert

ECE’s Swarun Kumar debunks an October 4th national emergency alert myth with PolitiFact. “There will be no additional power consumption or health risk that this would entail,” he says.

the Accelerator

2023 Moonshot: Communication and Compute for All

The College of Engineering's 2023 Moonshot aims to provide internet connection to underprivileged communities around the world, allowing affordable communication and computer infrastructure to be accessible to all.

USA Today

Kumar shares his thoughts on phone calls on planes

ECE’s Swarun Kumar shares his thoughts on phone calls on planes with USA Today. “Using data when airborne is technically not a violation, and, of course, plenty of travelers use in-flight Wi-Fi,” he says.

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.`