Towards a Research Platform for Internet of Things (IoT): Ratul Mahajan


July 15, 2013


Ratul Mahajan


Microsoft Research


This talk by Ratul Mahajan is part of a session that was presented during the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit.

We are living in a world of connected devices. These devices can take a number of shapes and forms: from tablet computers and smartphones, to sensors in the home, to embedded and wearable computers. Increasingly, there is interest in deploying devices and sensors in homes, buildings, vehicles, and any other spaces where human activity occurs. Most of these devices require software architectures and cloud services that are generally developed for either a specific device or class of devices. The prototyping and development of new devices requires new architectures and services, which consume precious research resources. To alleviate this barrier in research, a flexible platform with expandable device interface as well as programmatic access to device data and functionality, are required.

In this session of the 2013 Faculty Summit, researchers from academia and Microsoft Research talk about research challenges in connected devices in the home and beyond, and provide an overview of the upcoming HomeOS platform.


Ratul Mahajan

Ratul Mahajan is a Researcher at Microsoft Research. His research interests include all aspects of networked systems, especially their architecture and design. His work spans Internet routing and measurements, incentive-compatible protocol design, practical models for wireless networks, and vehicular networks. He has published over 30 papers in top-tier venues such as SIGCOMM, SOSP, NSDI, MobiCom, and MobiSys. He is a winner of the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star award, the William R. Bennett prize, the SIGCOMM best paper award, and Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Washington (2005) and B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1999).