Dr. P.R. Kumar, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Mobility of Systems (ACM SIGMOBILE) Outstanding Contribution Award.
The Outstanding Contribution Award is given for significant and lasting contributions to the research on mobile computing and communications and wireless networking. It is the highest honor the SIGMOBILE community bestows on an individual and is a recognition of the lasting technical contribution made by a person and the influence they have had on the field.
Kumar, holder of the College of Engineering Chair in Computer Engineering, was chosen “for pioneering contributions to mobile computing and communications and wireless networking.” He received the award during MobiCom 2012, the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking where he presented the keynote SIGMOBILE Award Talk.
Kumar has made groundbreaking contributions that have helped to shape industrial practice and research in both semiconductor manufacturing and wireless networking. He has distinguished himself in both research and education in the field of systems, which includes control, communications and computing.
Kumar has a Bachelor of Technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, and master’s and doctoral degrees in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. He received the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the Insititute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society and the IEEE Field Award for Control Systems. He was a guest chair professor and leader of the Guest Chair Professor Group on Wireless Communication and Networking at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and is an honorary professor at IIT Hyderabad.
Kumar also is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA, and an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World. He received 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, University of Illinois. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by ETH, Zurich.
MobiCom, the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, has been held every year since 1995. The conference serves as the premier international forum addressing networks, systems, algorithms, and applications that support the symbiosis of mobile computers and wireless networks. The conference covers all areas of mobile computing and mobile and wireless networking at the physical layer and above.
ACM SIGMOBILE is the world’s first educational and scientific computing society. Today, ACM serves a membership of more than 80,000 computing professionals in more than 100 countries in all areas of industry, academia, and government.