Ragunathan (Raj) Rajkumar is the George Westinghouse Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Rajkumar serves as director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, USDOT Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, USDOT T-SET National University Transportation Center, Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Lab, and co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Connected and Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab (CAD-CRL).

Rajkumar's research interests lie in all aspects of embedded real-time systems and wireless/sensor networks. In the domain of embedded real-time systems, his interests include but are not limited to operating systems, scheduling theory, resource management, wired/wireless networking protocols, quality of service management, hardware/software architecture, model-based design tools and power management. In the context of wireless/sensor networks, his research interests span hardware, devices, power-efficient networking protocols, run-time environments, large-scale system architectures, visualization and administrative tools.

Rajkumar has received multiple awards, including the Carnegie Science Award in Information Technology, the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and the Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Stystems. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers and a Distinguished Engineer by the Association for Computing Machinery. He has received multiple best paper awards, spoken at various conferences and events, been a member or chair of professional committees and conferences, and consulted for several companies. Rajkumar is a member of the editorial board of Real-Time Systems Journal and previously served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

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1989 Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

1986 MS, Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

1984 Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Electronics and Communications Engineering, University of Madras

Media mentions


Rajkumar interviewed on international chip shortage

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in an article published by WESA on how the international microchip shortage has disrupted research at CMU.


Rajkumar quoted on self-driving revenue

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Reuters on revenue generated by self-driving vehicles.


Rajkumar joins Insight LiDAR’s as technical advisor

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was featured in Businesswire for his appointment as Insight LiDAR’s technical advisor.


Rajkumar quoted on Waymo and the robotaxi market

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Reuters on the robotaxi race, with Arizona company Waymo currently in the lead.


Rajkumar quoted on public opinion surrounding AV

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Forbes on public opinion of autonomous vehicles. 

Consumer Reports

Rajkumar quoted on Tesla cameras

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted by Consumer Reports about the camera-AI system used by Tesla’s autonomous vehicles.


Rajkumar quoted on autonomous vehicles

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Vox on autonomous vehicle data collection.


Rajkumar quoted on automatic vehicles

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in Reuters about safety concerns regarding automatic vehicles that use cameras.


Rajkumar quoted on Tesla robots

ECE’s Ragunathan Rajkumar was quoted in Reuters on Tesla robots.

The New York Times

Rajkumar quoted on autopilot in cars

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted by The New York Times on the effectiveness of autopilot in Tesla vehicles following multiple accidents.

Business Insider

Rajkumar quoted on autonomous vehicles

ECE’s Raj Rajkumar spoke with Business Insider about his thoughts on Tesla's groundbreaking Autopilot feature and how it compares to competing technologies.

CMU Engineering

Mill 19 opening signals new era of manufacturing

Carnegie Mellon University researchers and robots will soon occupy a state-of-the-art facility at the newly constructed Mill 19 building on the 178-acre site known as Hazelwood Green.