Pramod Viswanath's Home Page

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I am a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

118 Coordinated Sciences Laboratory
1308 West Main Street
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801.
phone: +1 217 244 8999
Fax: +1 217 244 1642
E-mail: pramodv at illinois dot edu
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I have worked on a variety of research areas.

An important component of my research has been on Wireless Communication Networks. My main research interests here are in understanding fundamental limitations to reliable wireless communication and to leverage this understanding into engineering solutions for wireless networks. More broadly, I am interested in understanding fundamental limitations to network information transmission and representation.

Our recent work has included reliable communication over combinatorial network models (polymatroidal graphs and submodular flows) that well motivate near optimal communication schemes in wireless networks.

More recently, I have been interested in statistical data privacy. We have derived an optimal noise adding mechanism, called the staircase mechanism that strictly improves over the state of the art -- this improvement is universal, in every scenario of interest. An operational interpretation involving hypothesis testing provides a finer understanding of the tradeoffs, yielding optimal composition theorems.

My publications provide a finer look at the nature of my research interests and the engineering scope of contributions.


A complete list of my archival papers is available here.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Patents


    Some of my recent talks are here.


    I have taught ECE 361 (Fundamentals of Digital Communication) over the past several spring semesters (most recently in Spring 2012).
    In the past I have also taught ECE 313 (probability and statistics for engineering students) and ECE 563 (information theory).
    For Fall 2014 I am teaching ECE 313 (Probability with Engineering Applications).

    Students and Postdocs


    Peter Kairouz, Shaileshh Venkatakrishnan, Jiaqi Mu, Tarek Sakakini, Weihao Gao.

    Former PhD students

    Saurabha Tavildar (Qualcomm Technologies),
    Tie Liu (Associate Professor at Texas A&M),
    Hua Wang (Qualcomm Technologies)
    Aleksandar Jovicic (Qualcomm Technologies),
    Sreeram Kannan (Assistant Professor at University Washington - Seattle),
    Adnan Raja (Fastback Networks),
    Quan Geng (Tower Research).

    Former Postdocs

    Aaron Wagner (Associate Professor at Cornell University)
    Vinod Prabhakaran (Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research),

    Former M.S. students: Sanket Dusad, Sahand Ahmad, Nilesh Khude, Rui Wu, Bussaba Amnueypornsakul

    Brief Biography

    Pramod Viswanath received the PhD degree in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. He was a member of technical staff at Flarion Technologies until August 2001 before joining the ECE department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of the Xerox Award for Faculty Research from the College of Engineering at UIUC (2010), the Eliahu Jury Award from the EECS department of UC Berkeley (2000), the Bernard Friedman Award from the Mathematics department of UC Berkeley (2000), and the NSF CAREER Award (2003). He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory for the period 2006-2008.