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


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CyLab/ECE’s Vyas Sekar and Swarun Kumar were quoted in Popular Mechanics on how outdated technology could pose a security risk.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.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Third round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced

Carnegie Mellon CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has announced its third round of funding, which will support 12 Internet of Things (IoT)-related projects for one year.


Kumar quoted on affordable 5G

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in Lifewire on why affordable 5G is so important.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

IoT@CyLab sharpens focus on Industrial IoT

Carnegie Mellon’s Secure and Private IoT initiative (IoT@CyLab) has recognized the so-called Industrial IoT (IIoT) as the next big challenge in IoT security.


Kumar discussed the future of 5G

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was featured in a TechRepublic article about the future of 5G and his experience with remote teaching.

CMU Engineering

Detecting wireless interference

Carnegie Mellon researchers were awarded a $1M NSF grant to investigate a system that allows devices to scan wide bandwidths to avert interference.


Kumar 5G commentary featured in TechTarget

ECE’s Swarun Kumar was quoted in TechTarget on the benefits of deploying 5G on manufacturing floors. He advised businesses to evaluate all facets of the technology, including the number of devices they would need and the required latency, not just higher speed.