Hari Balakrishnan is the Fujitsu Chair 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, data management, and sensing for a world of "truly mobile" devices connected to cloud services running in large datacenters. He has made many contributions to overlay and peer-to-peer networks, wireless networks, Internet congestion control and routing, mobile and sensor computing, and data management systems. He is an ACM Fellow (2008), a Sloan Fellow (2002), an ACM dissertation award winner (1998), and has received several best-paper awards including the IEEE Bennett prize (2004), the ACM SIGCOMM "test of time" award (2011), and the ACM SIGOPS "hall of fame" award (2015). He has also received a few awards for excellence in teaching and research at MIT, including the the Harold Edgerton faculty achievement award (2003).
In 2010, Balakrishnan co-founded Cambridge Mobile Telematics, a company that develops mobile sensing, inferencing, and data analytics to change driver behavior and make roads safer around the world. 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.