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Mohan Kumar


Director, PICo Research Group
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The University of Texas at Arlington

Box 19015, Arlington TX 76120
Ph: (817) 272 3610 Fax: (817) 272 3784

Office: 559 ERB

Lab: 203 ERB

Email : mkumar(at)uta(dot)edu

SPRING 2013 Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00 to 4:30 PM, or by appointment


Research Projects    Current Students    Alumni    Recent Publications    Teaching

Spring 2013 Teaching: 

CSE5311 Design and Analysis of Algorithms


Students interested in carrying out research in Pervasive Computing, Sensor Systems, Middleware for Dynamic Systems, Opportunistic Networks should contact during office hours or by email.


Since Spring 2001, Kumar has been with CSE@UTA. His current research interests are in pervasive computing, opportunistic networks and computing, wireless networks and mobility, sensor systems and distributed computing.  He initiated pervasive computing research activities at CSE@UTA in 2001 and directs the Pervasive and Invisible Computing (PICO) lab. He is the lead PI in two NSF awards: Collaborative virtual observation in dynamic, heterogeneous environments; and Distributed Opportunistic Computing. He is a Co-PI in a recently funded project by the AFRL on Middleware for Dynamic Distributed Repositories and the NSF funded ARCADIA project. He was the lead PI in the NSF funded PICO project on the development of middleware services for pervasive computing.  Current research work includes the application of pervasive computing into such areas as telemedicine, manufacturing and security. Kumar has supervised 14 doctoral dissertations and 27 Masters theses in the above areas. He has published over 160 refereed articles in journals and conference proceedings. He visited the Institute for Informatics and Telematics (IIT) National Research Council (CNR)Pisa, Italy in Spring 2008 and Summer 2010, the National University of Singapore in Spring 2008. He co-founded the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom) and the Elsevier's Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal. He served as the Program Chair, PerCom 2003 and the General Chair, PerCom 2005, and the Chair of the PerCom Steering Committee 2007-10. Mohan was a Co-General Chair of IEEE World of Wireless and Mobile and Multimedia Networks (IEEE WoWMoM) 2008. Mohan is a senior member of the IEEE.


Mohan obtained his Ph.D and MTech degrees from the Indian Institute of Science in 1992 and 1985 respectively and the BE degree from the Bangalore University in 1982. During 1992-2000, he served as a faculty at the School of Computer Science, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. At Curtin University he lead research activities in the areas of Parallel Computing and Mobile Computing, developed laboratories and supervised 6 PhD and 5 MS Theses. Along with his students, he developed algorithms for active-networks based routing and multicasting in mobile environments and prefetching and caching in mobile and distributed systems. He received the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Award in 1999. At the Indian Institute of Science during 1986-92, he served as a Scientific Officer and was responsible for the training of more than 100 University Professors and Industrial Engineers in the areas of microprocessors, their applications and associated developmental tools. Also, during this time he built 2 parallel computers and developed the Extended Hypercube architecture for his doctoral work for which he received the Best Thesis award for the year 1991-92.


Research Interests

Pervasive and Mobile Computing

Opportunistic Communications and Computing

Sensor Systems

Parallel and Distributed Computing


Journal Editorships

Area Editor, Pervasive and Mobile Computing

Area Editor, Computer Communications