Swarun Kumar

Swarun Kumar, Assistant Professor, CMU

Swarun Kumar
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Office: CIC Rm. 4102,
4720 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: swarun [at] cmu [dot] edu

Assistant: Dawn Sienko,
Email: dsienko [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu
Phone: (412)-268-9192

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 am a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and Google Faculty Research award. 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.


  • Vaibhav Singh wins the James Sprague Presidential Fellowship from CIT!
  • Two papers accepted at MobiCom 2021 on mm-wave backscatter and cubesat groundstations
  • Read our perspective on full-duplex at HotNets 2020
  • CharIoT accepted at IEEE TMC 2020
  • RFTattoo wins Best Wearables Long Paper at UbiComp 2020!
  • Haojian Jin wins UbiComp Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award!
  • Two papers at MobiCom 2020: mm-wave Full Duplex and Joltik!
  • Check out our RFID Tatoo paper at UbiComp 2020 and smart materials work at ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • Osprey wins Best Paper Honorable Mention and Best Demo at MobiSys 2020!
  • QuAiL wins Best Paper Award at IPSN 2020 - explores new ways to rapidly track wildfires
  • Akshay Gadre receives the Best Presentation Award at IPSN 2020 PhD forum
  • Jingxian Wang receives the Microsoft Ph.D. Fellowship
  • Thank you NSF for the CAREER award!
  • Gave a talk on future wireless at TEDxPittsburgh!
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  • Millimetro: mmWave Retro-Reflective Tagsfor Accurate, Long Range Localization, Elahe Soltanaghaei (Co-Primary), Akarsh Prabhakara (Co-Primary), Artur Balanuta (Co-Primary), Matthew Anderson, Jan M. Rabaey, Swarun Kumar and Anthony Rowe, MobiCom 2021 [WEBSITE]

  • A Community-Driven Approach to Democratize Access to Satellite Ground Stations, Vaibhav Singh, Akarsh Prabhakara, Diana Zhang, Osman Yagan and Swarun Kumar, MobiCom 2021 [WEBSITE]

  • Quick (and Dirty) Aggregate Queries on Low-Power WANs, Akshay Gadre, Fan Yi, Anthony Rowe, Bob Iannucci and Swarun Kumar, IPSN 2020 (Best Paper Award) [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Full Duplex Radios: Are we there yet?, Vaibhav Singh (Co-Primary), Akshay Gadre (Co-Primary) and Swarun Kumar, HotNets 2020 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Cross Technology Distributed MIMO for Low Power IoT, Revathy Narayanan, Swarun Kumar and C. Siva Ram Murthy, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 2020 [WEBSITE]

  • Joltik: Enabling Energy-Efficient "Future-Proof" Analytics on Low-Power Wide-Area Networks, Mingran Yang, Junbo Zhang, Akshay Gadre, Zaoxing Liu, Swarun Kumar and Vyas Sekar, MobiCom 2020 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Osprey: A mmWave Approach to Tire Wear Sensing, Akarsh Prabhakara, Vaibhav Singh, Swarun Kumar and Anthony Rowe, MobiSys 2020 (Best Paper Honorable Mention) [PAPER] [SLIDES] [WEBSITE]

  • A Cloud-Optimized Link Layer for Low-Power Wide-Area Networks, Artur Balanuta, Nuno Pereira, Swarun Kumar and Anthony Rowe, MobiSys 2020 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Evolutionary Adaptations on Clustered Contact Networks, Rashad Eletreby, Yong Zhuang, Swarun Kumar and Osman Yagan, NetSci 2020 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Quick (and Dirty) Aggregate Queries on Low-Power WANs, Akshay Gadre, Fan Yi, Anthony Rowe, Bob Iannucci and Swarun Kumar, IPSN 2020 (Best Paper Award) [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Millimeter-Wave Full Duplex Radios, Vaibhav Singh, Susnata Mondal, Akshay Gadre, Milind Srivastava, Jeyanandh Paramesh and Swarun Kumar, MobiCom 2020 [PAPER] [SLIDES] [WEBSITE]

  • Frequency Configuration for Low-Power Wide-Area Networks in a Heartbeat, Akshay Gadre, Revathy Narayanan, Anh Luong, Swarun Kumar, Anthony Rowe and Bob Iannucci, NSDI 2020 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • RFID Tattoo: A Wireless Platform for Speech Recognition , Jingxian Wang, Chengfeng Pan, Haojian Jin, Vaibhav Singh, Yash Jain, Jason Hong, Carmel Majidi and Swarun Kumar, UbiComp 2020 (Best Wearables Long Paper) [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • You foot the bill! Attacking NFC with passive relays, Yuyi Sun, Swarun Kumar, Shibo He, Jiming Chen and Zhiguo Shi, IEEE IoT Journal 2020 [WEBSITE]

  • Silver-Coated PDMS Beads for Soft, Stretchable, and Thermally Stable Conductive Elastomer Composites , Chengfeng Pan, Yun Sik Ohm, Jingxian Wang, Michael J. Ford, Kitty Kumar, Swarun Kumar, and Carmel Majidi, ACS applied materials and interfaces 2019

  • Sozu: Self-Powered Radio Tags for Building-Scale Activity Sensing , Yang Zhang, Yasha Iravantchi, Haojian Jin, Swarun Kumar, and Chris Harrison, UIST 2019 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Perspective: eliminating channel feedback in next generation cellular networks , Deepak Vasisht, Swarun Kumar, Hariharan Rahul and Dina Katabi, ACM SIGCOMM CCR 2019

  • Software Defined Cooking using a Microwave Oven , Haojian Jin, Jingxian Wang, Swarun Kumar and Jason Hong, MobiCom 2019 (ACM GetMobile Research Hightlight) [PAPER] [SLIDES] [WEBSITE]

  • On the Feasibility of Wi-Fi Based Material Sensing , Diana Zhang, Jingxian Wang, Junsu Jang, Junbo Zhang, Swarun Kumar, MobiCom 2019 [PAPER] [SLIDES] [WEBSITE]

  • Pushing the Range Limits of Commercial Passive RFIDs , Jingxian Wang, Junbo Zhang, Rajarshi Saha, Haojian Jin, Swarun Kumar, NSDI 2019 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Revisiting Software Defined Radios in the IoT Era , Revathy Narayanan, Swarun Kumar, HotNets 2018

  • WiSh: Towards a Wireless Shape-aware World , Haojian Jin, Jingxian Wang, Zhijian Yang, Swarun Kumar, Jason Hong, MobiSys 2018 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Charm: Exploiting Geographical Diversity Through Coherent Combining in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks , Adwait Dongare, Revathy Narayanan, Akshay Gadre, Artur Balanuta, Anh Luong, Swarun Kumar, Bob Iannucci, Anthony Rowe, IPSN 2018 (Best Paper Award) [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • A Deep Learning Approach to IoT Authentication , Rajshekhar Das, Akshay Gadre, Shanghang Zhang, Swarun Kumar and Jose Moura, ICC 2018 [PAPER] [WEBSITE]

  • Towards Wearable Everyday Body-Frame Tracking , Haojian Jin, Zhijian Yang, Swarun Kumar, and Jason Hong, UbiComp 2018 (Best Demo Honorable Mention) [PAPER] [SLIDES] [WEBSITE]

  • Empowering Low-Power Wide Area Networks in Urban Settings , Rashad Eletreby, Diana Zhang, Swarun Kumar, and Osman Yagan, SIGCOMM 2017 [PAPER] [SLIDES] [WEBSITE]

  • Eliminating Channel Feedback in Next-Generation Cellular Networks , Deepak Vasisht, Swarun Kumar, Hariharan Rahul and Dina Katabi, SIGCOMM 2016 (Best Paper Award, GetMobile Research Highlight)

  • Decimeter-Level Localization with a Single WiFi , Access Point, Deepak Vasisht, Swarun Kumar and Dina Katabi, NSDI 2016



  • 18-441/741 (Computer Networks), Spring 2018-20
  • 18-859G (Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems -- DARPA SC2 Edition), Fall 2017-19
  • 18-345 (Intro to Telecommunication Networks), Spring 2017
  • 18-859F (Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing), Spring 2016