The Institute for Systems Research
Prakash Narayan received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1976, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from Washington University, St. Louis, MO., in 1978 and 1981.
He is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a joint appointment at the Institute for Systems Research. He is also a founding member of the Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (formerly the Center for Satellite and Hybrid Communication Networks), a NASA Commercial Space Center. He has held visiting appointments at ETH, Zurich; the Technion, Haifa; the Renyi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest; the University of Bielefeld; the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (formerly LADSEB), Padova; and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Dr. Narayan currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He has served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory; Co-Organizer of the IEEE Workshop on Multi-User Information Theory and Systems, VA (1983); Technical Program Chair of the IEEE/IMS Workshop on Information Theory and Statistics, VA (1994); General Co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Washington, D.C. (2001); and Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Information Theory Workshop, Bangalore (2002).
He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
• IEEE Fellow
• NSF Research Initiation Award (1982)
• Editorial Board, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2000 - 2003)
Multiuser information theory and coding for communications networks, information theoretic security, communication theory, information theory and statistics, and communication networks. Current research projects include studies of: connections between common randomness generation by multiple terminals, network secret key generation, and combinatorial tree packing in multigraphs; secure function computation; reliable communication over hybrid radio frequency and free space optical communication systems; and sampling-quantization-distortion tradeoffs in thermal profile estimation for multicore processor chips.
Forthcoming information-theoretic cryptography book co-written by alum Tyagi and former visitor WatanabeThe publishing date is June 2023.
Sagnik Bhattacharya named a Future Faculty FellowThe Clark School program prepares Ph.D. students for careers in academia.
ISR gives awards to Professor Richard La, four graduate studentsISR's annual awards ceremony was held on the Iribe Building's cantilever plaza.
Alum Himanshu Tyagi promoted to Associate Professor at Indian Institute of ScienceThe former student of Prakash Narayan has research interests in information theory to security, interactive communication and statistical learning.
Alum Himanshu Tyagi wins 2020 INSA Medal for Young ScientistsThe Indian National Science Academy awards the medal for promise, creativity and excellence in a young scientist.
David L. Elliott: An AppreciationDr. Elliott, a longtime ISR senior visiting faculty member, passed away on July 2, 2020
Narayan is PI for NSF information-theoretic signal processing sampling research grantResearch has implications for smart home sensors, aerial surveillance, computer vision and social networks.
Narayan and students publish three articles in IEEE Transactions on Information TheoryArticles were written on spatial sampling, sampling rate distortion and data privacy.
ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation FellowsFive Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17.
Narayan, Zhou, Schlotfeldt, Strahan win ISR outstanding awardsISR confers awards of excellence in its annual ceremony.
Subramanian and Wheeler win 2015 ISR awardsGraduate student and staff member honored at annual ceremony.
New NSF-funded project targets secure and private function computationNarayan, Tyagi and Watanabe will take an information theoretic approach to multiple terminal data computation.
Shun Watanabe joins Tokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyFormer visitor worked with Prakash Narayan on network information theory.
Alum Himanshu Tyagi joins Indian Institute of ScienceFormer student of Prakash Narayan is tenure-track assistant professor.
Narayan, Martins participate in BIRS decentralized systems workshopThe invited workshop addressed decentralized decision-making.
Srivastava, Dey, Mirsky, King win 2014 ISR AwardsAwards honor outstanding faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff.
Narayan is PI for NSF sampling rate distortion grantThe research will characterize fundamental performance limits of optimum sampling and lossy compression rates and their interplay.
ECE Names 2011-2012 Distinguished Dissertation FellowsEkrem, Ropp, Shroff, and Tyagi recognized for research excellence in their dissertations.
Narayan is PI for NSF network function computation grantResearch will address the theory and design of algorithms for an efficient local computation by multiple network terminals.
Arya Mazumdar wins information theory student paper prizePh.D. student wins for paper co-written with advisor Alexander Barg.
Seven ECE Students Named Future Faculty FellowsPh.D. students chosen to participate in Clark School program designed to prepare future professors.
Srivastava, Narayan Receive New NSF Research GrantThermal management research seeks to improve performance and reliability of multi-core processors.
Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.sCongratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates!
NSF grant for Narayan funds 'common randomness' researchApplications include source and channel coding, security in emerging wireless technologies.
ISR alum Sanjeev Khudanpur earns tenureKhudanpur has been promoted to Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Five ISR communication researchers featured in E@M magazineCover story features Professors Ulukus, Ephremides, Narayan, Liu and La
ISR alum Gubner author of new book on probability and random processesFormer student of Prakash Narayan now University of Wisconsin associate professor
Barg receives NSF theoretic analysis grantResearch involves information theory and code design for digital fingerprinting.
InterDigital becomes ISR strategic partnerCompany to collaborate with Professors Narayan, Barg
Narayan earns NSF grants for wireless researchResearch focuses on free-space optical and radio frequency wireless hybrid communication systems.
Narayan awarded NSF grant for secret key generationNovel approach will achieve integrity, authentication and privacy among the nodes of a network
Faculty participating in three different MURI awardsResearch includes networked control systems, hybrid smart materials and radiofrequency pulses
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Fellow, 2001
- NSF CIF: Reconstructing Multiple Sources by Spatial Sampling and Compression
- NSF CIF: Secure and Private Function Computation by Interactive Communication
- Sampling Rate Distortion
- NSF CIF: Information Theoretic Multi-Core Processor Thermal Profile Estimation
- Common Randomness, Multiuser Secrecy and Tree Packing
- Sampling Rate Distortion: Global Inference from Partial Measurements
- Information theory and applications
- Information Theoretic Network Secret Key Generation
- Secret Key Generation for Correlated Gaussian Sources
- Information Theoretic Network Secret Key Generation
- Optical Alignment for Intersatellite Optical Communication
- On Reliable Communication over RF and Optical Wireless Channels
- Optimal Detection of OOK Signals over Free Space Optical Channels