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Narayan, Prakash

Narayan, Prakash

Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2353 A.V. Williams Bldg.

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.

Honors and awards

    •    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.

Alum Himanshu Tyagi wins 2020 INSA Medal for Young Scientists

The Indian National Science Academy awards the medal for promise, creativity and excellence in a young scientist.

NSF Grant for Srivastava, Narayan

Thermal management research seeks to improve performance and reliability of multi-core processors.

Three teams receive Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grants totalling $3,000,000 from the Department of Defense

Three teams in Clark School selected to receive Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grants from Department of Defense starting in fiscal year 2002

  • Fellow, 2001