Swarun Kumar



  • 2021 ACM SIGBED Early Career Researcher Award
  • CIT Dean's Early Career Fellow, CMU, 2021
  • ACM/IEEE IPSN 2021 Best Paper Award
  • ACM MobiSys 2020 Best Paper Honorable Mention and Best Demo
  • ACM/IEEE IPSN 2020 Best Paper Award
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • ACM/IEEE IPSN 2018 Best Paper Award
  • Google Faculty Research Award, 2017
  • NSF CRII Award, 2017
  • SIGCOMM 2016 Best Paper Award
  • George M. Sprowls Award for Outstanding Ph.D Thesis in Computer Science, MIT, 2015
  • Communications of the ACM (CACM) Research Highlight for MegaMIMO, 2014
  • MOBICOM Best Presentation Second Place Award, 2014
  • MOBICOM S3 Workshop Best Poster Award, 2014
  • MOBICOM S3 Workshop Best Elevator Pitch Award, 2013
  • MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Contest: Finalist (Business Plan), 2013
  • MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Contest: Winning Team (Elevator Pitch), 2012
  • MIT Jacobs Presidential Fellowship, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, SECRYPT, 2010
  • Valedictorian, President of India Gold Medalist for Highest CGPA at IIT Madras, 2010
  • Prof. Narasihman Fellowship at IIT Madras, 2008
  • Bronze Medalist, International Olympiad on Informatics, 2006
  • Invited to view republic day parade from Prime Minister's box for excellence in CBSE exams, 2006


  • Presented a talk at TEDxPittsburgh 2019
  • Empowering Low-Power Wide-Area Networks to Meet the IoT Challenge, Alan Weissberger, May 2020, IEEE ComSoc Tech Blog
  • Bluetooth contact tracing needs bigger, better data, Patrick Howell O'Neill, April 2020, MIT Technology Review
  • Pittsburgh Updates Its Infrastructure In Preparation For 5G, Maria Scapellato, February 2020, 90.5 FM WESA
  • The Next Leap in Wireless Charging, Bree Fowler, January 2020, Consumer Reports
  • 5G - A Homegrown Revolution, May 2018, Washington Post
  • Technology Hopes to End The Lost Luggage Blues, Stephen Mraz, June 2019, Machine Design
  • How your iPhone could know when you’re in a moving car, Rob Verger, June 2017, Popular Science
  • Wireless networks that follow you around a room, optimize themselves and even talk to each other out loud, NetworkWorld, 2013
  • Making Driverless Cars Safer, Slashdot, 2012
  • Driverless car is wireless star at MIT, NetworkWorld, 2012
  • Talking cars help each other see around blind corners, NewScientist, 2012
  • Be sensitive thermometers if not thermostats, The Hindu, 2010
  • Indian students are set for Informatics Olympiad, The Hindu, 2006
  • Planned effort the key for Chennai students, NDTV, 2006


  • Chair/Co-chair: Workshop on Communication-aware Robotics in RSS 2014, WinTech 2018, MobiCom 2018 Posters
  • Reviewer: SIGCOMM 2016, MobiCom 2016-2019, INFOCOM 2017-19, CoNext 2018
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Transactions on Sensor Networks (2018-19)
  • External reviwer: International Journal for Robotics Research, IEEE Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Wireless, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, INFOCOM, NSDI, IEEE Pervasive Computing