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Abhay Karandikar
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Contact Information
Room no 214-A, 2nd Floor
Department of Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Mumbai - 400 076
Email: karandi[AT]

I obtained my BE in 1986 and MTech and PhD from IIT Kanpur in 1988 and 1995 respectively. Between 1988-89, I worked in Indian Space Research Organization, Ahmedabad. I was Member Technical Staff and Team Coordinator in High Performance Computing Group of Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune during 1994-97. Since 1997, I am working in the Department of Electrical Engineering of IIT Bombay as a Professor. I was also the Head of Computer Center of IIT Bombay during the period of 2008 to 2011. I am currently Head of Department of Electrical Engineering since January 2012.

Our work in Carrier Ethernet and WiMAX has resulted in contributions to IEEE 802.1 and IEEE 802.16 standards.Though I have mainly looked at networking issues, I am also interested in Digital Communications System theory.

I am the Coordinator of Tata Teleservices- IIT Bombay Centre for Excellence in Telecom (TICET). This centre is part of Telecom Centers of Excellence (TCOE) - a public-private initiative established in IITs, IISc Bangalore and IIM Ahemdabad. See here for details. Most of my research is being funded by this centre.

Apart from theoretical research, I am also interested in practical aspects of networking. In IIT Bombay, I have led many technology development projects including open source MPLS router. I also co-founded the venture backed start-up company Eisodus Networks during 2002-2006. The company was engaged in developing technology in the area of Metro Ethernet for India and Asia-Pacific markets. I was also a Technology Advisor to Tejas Networks Ltd and worked closely with their standards and technology team

Our group is also part of Indo-UK Advanced Technology Center of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, Systems and Services (IU-ATC).

Academic Background
  • MTech (IIT Kanpur)
  • PhD (IIT Kanpur)

Research Interests
  • Control and Performance Modeling of Wireless Networks
  • Quality of Service and Resource Allocation in Wired/Wireless Networks
  • Next Generation Wireless Network Protocols (related to 802.16m, LTE-Advanced and 4G Standards)
  • Co-operative Relay and Self Organizing Network
  • Carrier Ethernet and Mobile Backhaul
  • Rural Wireless Network.

Work Experience
  • Assistant Professor (Apr 1997-Feb 2001)
  • Associate Professor (Feb 2001- Mar 2007)
  • Head, Computer Center, IIT Bombay (2008 - 2011)
  • Professor (April 2007-till date)
  • Head, Dept. of Electrical Engg., IIT Bombay (Jan 2012 - till date)