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Hari Balakrishnan

At the annual conference of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Data Communication, Professor Hari Balakrishnan and CSAIL graduate student Keith Winstein will present a new computer system called Remy that designs computer algorithms for controlling network congestion.
“In the researchers’ simulations, algorithms produced by Remy significantly outperformed algorithms devised by human engineers,” wrote Larry Hardesty for the MIT News Office.

Professor Hari Balakrishnan
Jason Dorfman, CSAIL photographer

In an article in the April 17 edition of The Boston Globe, Professor Hari Balakrishnan, CSAIL principal investigator and co-director of the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT), explains that many cellphone users experienced service issues following the Boston Marathon bombings because wireless networks were overwhelmed.

“Hari Balakrishnan, a computer science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the shortcomings Monday demonstrate that wireless networks have to be upgraded to function better during disasters, when authorities and people most need to use mobile phones,” wrote Michael Farrell, author of the article.