Hari Balakrishnan is the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science at MIT and a Director of MIT's Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing. His research is in networked computer systems, with current interests in networking, sensing, and perception for a world of mobile devices connected to cloud services running in large datacenters. He has made many contributions to mobile and sensor computing, Internet transport and routing, overlay networks and P2P systems, and data management.
In 2010, based on the CarTel project, Balakrishnan co-founded Cambridge Mobile Telematics, a company that develops mobile sensing and AI techniques to change driver behavior and make roads safer around the world, and is the world's leading smartphone-centric telematics and analytics service provider. He was an advisor to Meraki from its inception in 2006 to its acquisition by Cisco in 2012. In 2003, Balakrishnan co-founded StreamBase Systems (acquired by TIBCO), the first high-performance commercial stream processing (aka complex event processing) engine. Between 2000 and 2003, he helped devise the key algorithms for Sandburst Corporation's (acquired by Broadcom) high-speed network QoS chipset.
Balakrishnan received his PhD in 1998 from UC Berkeley and a BTech in 1993 from IIT Madras, which named him a distinguished alumnus in 2013. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. He is also an ACM Fellow (2008), a Sloan Fellow (2002), and an ACM dissertation award winner (1998). He has received several best-paper awards including the IEEE Bennett paper prize (2004), and five "test of time" awards from ACM SIGCOMM (2011), SIGOPS (2015), SIGMOD (2016), and SIGMOBILE (2017, 2018). He has also been honored for excellence in research and teaching at MIT: the Harold Edgerton faculty achievement award (2003), the HKN best instructor award (2018), the Jamieson award (2012), the Junior Bose award (2002), and the Spira award (2001).