P. R. Kumar

Franklin W. Woeltge Professor

P. R. Kumar is at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Research professor in the Information Trust Institute, and Affiliate Professor of the Department of Computer Science. He obtained his B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering(Electronics) from I.I.T. Madras in 1973, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1975 and 1977, respectively. From 1977-84 he was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has worked on problems in game theory, adaptive control, stochastic systems, simulated annealing, neural networks, machine learning, queueing networks, manufacturing systems, scheduling, wafer fabrication plants and information theory. His current research interests are in wireless networks, sensor networks, and networked embedded control systems. He has received the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the IEEE Field Award in Control Systems, and the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ETH, Zurich. He was awarded a Guest Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is also the Lead Guest Chair Professor of the Group on Wireless Communication and Networking at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is an Honorary Professor at IIT Hyderabad. He has received the Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Alumni Achievement Award of Washington University in St. Louis.