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Image of PR KumarDr. P.R. Kumar, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, received the prestigious IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award at the IEEE INFOCOM conference.

The IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a researcher in the INFOCOM community. The recipient should have a body of work that has had significant impacts on the networking community in general, and INFOCOM in particular.

Kumar, the Engineering Chair in Computer Engineering, won the award “for contributions to the scaling laws of wireless networks.”

Kumar has made fundamental contributions to the INFOCOM community. His research papers in scaling laws and real-time scheduling for wireless networks have influenced researchers around the world. He is best known for his pioneering work on scaling laws for wireless networks, which has fundamentally impacted the research community for close to a decade.

Kumar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by ETH Zurich. He received the Outstanding Contribution Award of ACM SIGMOBILE, the IEEE Field Award for Control Systems, the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council and the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the IEEE Communications Society.

Kumar is an ACM Fellow and a Fellow of IEEE. He was a guest chair professor and leader of the Guest Chair Professor Group on Wireless Communication and Networking at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is an honorary professor at IIT Hyderabad. He is a D. J. Gandhi Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Bombay and a visiting professor in the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyberphysical Systems at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, the Alumni Achievement Award from Washington University in St. Louis and the Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award from the college of engineering at the University of Illinois.

IEEE INFOCOM is a top-ranked conference on networking in the research community. It is a major conference venue for researchers to present and exchange significant and innovative contributions and ideas in the field of networking and closely related areas. IEEE INFOCOM covers both theoretical and systems research.