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Narayan, Prakash

Prakash Narayan
2353 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Multiuser information theory and coding for communications networks, information theoretic security, communication theory, information theory and statistics, and communication networks



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 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.

Honors and Awards 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2001

Related News 

University of Maryland Selected as Partner for New Research Consortium for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
The research consortium known as Research in Applications for Learning Machines (REALM) was established to foster collaboration between leading universities with strong machine learning and artificial intelligence programs. April 30, 2019

Narayan and students publish three articles in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Articles were written on spatial sampling, sampling rate distortion and data privacy. February 26, 2019

Study validates face recognition experts, but shows humans perform best with an AI partner
New research combines computer vision research, forensic science, and psychology. June 6, 2018

ECE Names 2017-2018 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
The fellowships are awarded to outstanding students in the final stages of dissertation work in recognition of their research excellence. April 18, 2018

ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17. May 4, 2017

Narayan, Zhou, Schlotfeldt, Strahan win ISR outstanding awards
ISR confers awards of excellence in its annual ceremony. September 13, 2016

Subramanian and Wheeler win 2015 ISR awards
Graduate student and staff member honored at annual ceremony. September 17, 2015

New NSF-funded project targets secure and private function computation
Narayan, Tyagi and Watanabe will take an information theoretic approach to multiple terminal data computation. September 8, 2015

Shun Watanabe joins Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Former visitor worked with Prakash Narayan on network information theory. August 20, 2015

Alum Himanshu Tyagi joins Indian Institute of Science
Former student of Prakash Narayan is tenure-track assistant professor. August 18, 2015

Narayan, Martins participate in BIRS decentralized systems workshop
The invited workshop addressed decentralized decision-making. October 27, 2014

Srivastava, Dey, Mirsky, King win 2014 ISR Awards
Awards honor outstanding faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff. May 7, 2014

Six ECE Graduate Students Selected as Future Faculty Fellows
Students striving toward a career in academia take part in a selective fellowship to prepare for the future. January 30, 2014

Narayan is PI for NSF sampling rate distortion grant
The research will characterize fundamental performance limits of optimum sampling and lossy compression rates and their interplay. September 1, 2013

ECE Names 2011-2012 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Ekrem, Ropp, Shroff, and Tyagi recognized for research excellence in their dissertations. February 29, 2012

Narayan is PI for NSF network function computation grant
Research will address the theory and design of algorithms for an efficient local computation by multiple network terminals. September 6, 2011

Arya Mazumdar wins information theory student paper prize
Ph.D. student wins for paper co-written with advisor Alexander Barg. September 11, 2010

Seven ECE Students Named Future Faculty Fellows
Ph.D. students chosen to participate in Clark School program designed to prepare future professors. February 28, 2010

Srivastava, Narayan Receive New NSF Research Grant
Thermal management research seeks to improve performance and reliability of multi-core processors. August 10, 2009

Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.s
Congratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates! May 22, 2009

NSF grant for Narayan funds 'common randomness' research
Applications include source and channel coding, security in emerging wireless technologies. September 18, 2008

ISR alum Sanjeev Khudanpur earns tenure
Khudanpur has been promoted to Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University. June 11, 2008

Five ISR communication researchers featured in E@M magazine
Cover story features Professors Ulukus, Ephremides, Narayan, Liu and La February 24, 2007

ISR alum Gubner author of new book on probability and random processes
Former student of Prakash Narayan now University of Wisconsin associate professor November 3, 2006

Barg receives NSF theoretic analysis grant
Research involves information theory and code design for digital fingerprinting. September 27, 2006

InterDigital becomes ISR strategic partner
Company to collaborate with Professors Narayan, Barg September 11, 2006

Narayan earns NSF grants for wireless research
Research focuses on free-space optical and radio frequency wireless hybrid communication systems. September 15, 2005

Narayan awarded NSF grant for secret key generation
Novel approach will achieve integrity, authentication and privacy among the nodes of a network October 31, 2001

Faculty participating in three different MURI awards
Research includes networked control systems, hybrid smart materials and radiofrequency pulses March 7, 2001