Bhaskar Krishnamachari is Professor and Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2002. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He is the Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and the Autonomous Networks Research Group, and Co-Director of the Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering as well as the USC Center for Human Applied Reasoning and the Internet of Things.
His research interests are focused on the design and analysis of algorithms, protocols, and applications for next generation networks and distributed systems. These include the internet of things, connected vehicles, robotic networks, dispersed computing, and blockchain systems. On these topics, his research spans the entire spectrum from theoretical design and analysis of algorithms to prototype software implementations and empirical evaluations of protocols and applications. He has co-authored over 300 technical articles on these topics, including conference and workshop best-paper awards at ACM/IEEE IPSN (2004, 2010), ACM MSWiM (2006), ACM MobiCom (2010), IEEE SECON (2012, Runner-Up), IEOM (2018), IEEE BigMM (2019), IEEE VNC (2021), COMSNETS-MINDS (2022). He has authored a textbook titled Networking Wireless Sensors, published by Cambridge University Press, and co-authored a book titled Blockchain and the Supply Chain: concepts, strategies and practical applications published by Kogan Page Publishers in 2019. Collectively his work has been cited more than 31,000 times and he has an H-index of 79 (per Google Scholar).
In 2015, Bhaskar Krishnamachari was listed in Popular Science Magazine's "Brilliant Ten" list; and in 2011, he was included in the TR-35 , Technology Review Magazine's annual listing of the top 35 young innovators under the age of 35. He has received the 2010 ASEE Terman Award, given annually to an electrical engineering educator, and the 2010 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He has also received the USC-Mellon Award for Mentoring Graduate Students in 2008, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award in 2005, and the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2004. From 2005-2008, he held the Philip and Cayley MacDonald Early Career Endowed Chair at USC.
He is a general co-chair for the IEEE International Confernece on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, 2022, and has previously served as general co-chair for IEEE Dyspan (2021), IEEE SECON (2017) and as TPC Chair for ACM/IEEE IPSN (2015). He has served as an editor/associate editor for the ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking, the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He helped to compile and co-edit a Themed issue of the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A on Sensor Network Algorithms and Applications, which appeared in January 2012 and also an issue on Learning-Based Decision Making in Dynamic Systems Under Uncertainty in the IEEE Journal of Special Topics in Signal Processing in October 2013. He was a founding editor of the IEEE JSAC special series on Green Communications and Networking.
At USC, he has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses pertaining to probability, linear algebra, networking and distributed systems. He has created and taught several new graduate courses on Wireless Networks, Mobile Applications, Sensor Networks, and Blockchain Technologies, and a popular undergraduate course on Distributed Systems for the Internet of Things (EE 250). He has been an advisor to more than 30 Ph.D. students and one-on-one mentored more than 60 undergraduate students on research.
He obtained his B.E. in Electrical Engineering Summa Cum Laude with a four-year full tuition scholarship at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City in 1998. He then pursued his graduate studies at Cornell University, where he was awarded a three-year graduate fellowship and named one of the eight 1998 Olin Presidential Fellows. There he completed his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in May 2002.