Hari Balakrishnan

Fujitsu Chair Professor in the EECS Department


Research Interests:

Networking, Data Management, Sensing, Mobile and Sensor Computing, Wireless Networks, Overlay and P2P Networks

Hari Balakrishnan is the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at MIT, and co-founder, CTO, and Chairman of CMT. His research is in networked systems, with current interests in networking, sensing, and perception for sensor-equipped devices connected to resilient edge- and cloud-based services. Balakrishnan received his PhD in 1998 from UC Berkeley, which named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 2021, and a BTech in 1993 from IIT Madras, which named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 2013. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (2015) and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017). His honors include the ACM SIGCOMM Award for lifetime contributions to communication networks (2021), the IEEE Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award (2021), the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the New England region (2021), the Infosys Prize for Engineering and Computer Science (2020), Fellow of the ACM (2008), Fellow of the IEEE (2020), Sloan Fellow (2002), and the ACM doctoral dissertation award (1998). He has received several best-paper awards including six "test of time" awards for papers with long-term impact and the IEEE Bennett paper prize (2004). At MIT, he has received several honors including the Harold E. Edgerton faculty achievement award for research, teaching, and service (2003), the HKN best instructor award (2018), the Jamieson teaching award (2012), the Junior Bose teaching award (2002), and the Spira teaching award (2001).

Research Clusters:


Google Scholar:


Networks and Systems, Automation, Control and Artificial Intelligence

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