Distinguished ACM Speaker:
Based in WA, USA
Victor Bahl is a Principal Researcher and founding manager of the Networking Research Group in Microsoft Research. He is responsible for directing research activities that push the state-of-art in the networking of devices and systems. He and his group build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish papers in prestigious conferences and journals, publish software for the research community, and work with product groups to influence Microsoft products that impact millions world-wide. His personal research interests span a variety of topics in wireless system design, mobile networking, and network management.
Some of Victor’s seminal research contributions include: JVideo (1990-93), the computer industry’s first audio-video codec & rendering desktop hardware; SLIB (1993-95), the industry’s first universally available AV codec & rendering software library; WiLIB (1997-98), a general purpose programming interface & library for wireless network cards; RADAR (1998-99), the world’s first signal strength based indoor location determination system; CHOICE (1999-2001), the world’s first public area wireless LAN hot-spot network and edge controller based system, and UCOM (2001-03), the world’s first multi-radio single network wireless system. He recently worked on and popularized Mesh Networking (2003-05) is now working on NetHealth, (2006-) an end-to-end enterprise networked services and application management system, and CogNet (2006-) a hardware & software platform for wireless operation in TV bands. Victor’s research has been incorporated into Microsoft's core products, industry standards, and many non-Microsoft commercial products.
Victor has also had a significant impact on the research community. He has authored over 75 scientific papers and over 70 patent applications of which 45 have issued. His research has been incorporated into standards from IEEE, Bluetooth, HomeRF, and spectrum regulatory bodies. His Mesh Networking Academic Toolkit 2005 is being used by over 700 University departments world-wide. The VirtualWiFi software has become the 4th most downloaded software from Microsoft Research with over 70,000 downloads. His annual networking summits are attended by the leading researchers in the field and their content downloaded by researchers and students all over the world.
Victor is the founder and past Chair of the ACM SIGMOBILE (1996-2005); he is the founder and past Editor-in-Chief of ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review (1996-2001), and the founder and Steering Committee Chair of ACM/USENIX Mobile Systems Conference (MobiSys); He has also served on the Steering Committee of IEEE DySPAN, IEEE COMSWARE, IEEE ISWCS, IEEE ISWC, ACM SenSys, ACM MobiCom, and on the Technical Program Committee of over 60 international conferences. He has served as Program Chair of IEEE Symposium on Wearable Computers, IEEE Wireless Mobile Multimedia and ACM Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks. He received Digital's Doctoral Engineering Award (1995-97) and ACM SIGMOBILE's Distinguished Service Award (2001). He became an ACM Fellow in 2003 and a IEEE Communication Society’s Distinguished Lecturer in 2007.
Victor received his Ph. D in Computer Systems Engineering in 1997 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.