• USA-2008

    For contributions to computer networking and distributed systems.

  • USA-1998

    For his dissertation "Challenges To Reliable Data Transport Over Heterogeneous Wireless Networks."

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.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named MIT professor Hari Balakrishnan an elected fellow for his contributions to “the design and application of mobile sensing systems.”