Professor Anurag Kumar obtained his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, and the PhD degree from Cornell University, both in Electrical Engineering. He was then with Bell Laboratories, for over 6 years. He returned to India in 1988, and has since been with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering. Before taking over as the Director, on 1 August 2014, he was the Chair of the Electrical Sciences Division since 2007. From 1988 to 2003 he was the Coordinator at IISc of the Education and Research Network Project (ERNET), a UNDP and Government of India collaborative national program that established India’s first wide-area packet switching network.
His area of research is communication networking, specifically, modeling, analysis, control, and optimisation problems arising in communication networks and distributed systems. Recently his research has focused primarily on wireless networking. In addition to many publications in top venues, he has co-authored two books: Communications Networking: An Analytical Approach, and Wireless Networking, both published by Morgan Kaufman (Elsevier), and co-authored with D. Manjunath and Joy Kuri.
He was the 1977 President’s Gold Medallist in IIT Kanpur. He received the IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research for 2008. He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Indian Academy of Science (IASc), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). During the period 2005-2009, he was an area editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He is a J.C. Bose National Fellow, awarded by the Department of Science Technology, for the period 2011-2021. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2016 from the Systems Society of India, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur.