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 Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He is well known for his contributions to computer networks, networked computer systems, and mobile computing, including overlay and peer-to-peer networks, Internet routing and congestion control, wireless and sensor networks, network security, and distributed data management. The RON overlay network, the Chord distributed hash table, the Cricket indoor location system, the Infranet anti-censorship system, various improvements to Internet routing (BGP), the Congestion Manager and binomial congestion control, the Snoop wireless TCP protocol, and approaches to spam control and denial-of-service protection are some of his noteworthy contributions. His current research includes high-performance wireless protocols and the CarTel mobile sensor computing system for vehicular applications. In 2003, he co-founded StreamBase Systems, commercializing research from the Medusa/Aurora project in collaboration with Mike Stonebraker, Stan Zdonik, and others. Balakrishnan was elected as Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2008 and as a Fellow of the Sloan Foundation in 2002, and received MIT's prestigious Edgerton prize for research and teaching excellence in 2003. His PhD thesis on reliable data transport over wireless networks won the ACM doctoral dissertation award for best thesis in computer science in 1998.

Research Clusters:


Google Scholar:


Networks and Systems, Automation, Control and Artificial Intelligence

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