Portrait of Saikat Guha

Saikat Guha



Saikat Guha is a researcher at Microsoft Research India. He is broadly interested in systems approaches to improving privacy and advertising online. He believes that privacy and profit are not conflicting ideas. His recent projects are focused on safeguarding user privacy in a way that does not disrupt the emerging business models behind the cloud, online social networks, and mobile ecosystems.

Saikat received his PhD from Cornell University in 2009 for integrating middleboxes into the Internet architecture. He authored the RFC that now serves as the best-practice for building TCP support in NATs and firewalls. He received his BS in computer science from Cornell University in 2003. In 2012, he was named one of MIT Technology Review’s TR-35 (35 young innovators under 35).

Saikat is always on the lookout for bright PhD students who want to work with him. Past internships have all led to top-tier publications, real-world deployments, and measurable impact. Email him if you’re interested in working with him, or interning in Microsoft Research India.


HAMS: Harnessing AutoMobiles for Safety

Established: May 1, 2015

Context Road safety is a major public health issue, accounting for an estimated 1.25 million fatalities, and many more injuries, the world over, each year, placing it among the top 10 causes of death. Middle-income and particularly low-income countries bear a disproportionate burden of road accidents and fatalities. For instance, the estimates of road fatalities in India range from one every 4 minutes to almost a quarter of a million, or 20% of the world’s…

Phytics: Physical Analytics

Established: February 18, 2013

The goal of the Physical Analytics project, or Phytics, is to perform analytics on the physical actions of users. Such analytics would be valuable in a variety of contexts where the design of a physical space is intertwined with how users use the space, e.g., to understand the behaviour of shoppers in mall or a store, which might be indicative of their interests; to fine-tune the layout of services in an airport or a train…


Established: July 12, 2012

Many networked applications that run in the background on a mobile device incur significant energy drains when using the cellular radio interface for communication. This is mainly due to the radio-tail, where the cellular radio remaining in a high energy state for up to 20s after each communication spurt. In order to cut down energy consumption, many recent devices employ fast dormancy, a feature that forces the client radio to quickly go into a low…













Supporting Workflow in a Course Management System
Chavdar Botev, Hubert Chao, Theodore Chao, Yim Cheng, Raymond Doyle, Sergey Grankin, Jon Guarino, Saikat Guha, Pei-Chen Lee, Dan Perry, Christopher Re, Ilya Rifkin, Tingyan Yuan, Dora Abdullah, Kathy Carpenter, David Gries, Dexter Kozen, Andrew Myers, David Schwartz, Jayavel Shanmugasundaram, in Proceedings of the Technical Symposium of Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), February 1, 2005, View abstract, Download PDF