Victor Bahl is a Principal Researcher and the Manager of the Mobility & Networking Research (MNR) Group. MNR’s mission is to invent & research technologies that make Microsoft’s networks, services and devices indispensable to the world. The group focuses on basic and applied research in all areas related to networked systems and mobile computing with emphasis on inter-disciplinary research. Researchers collaborate to work on hard problems, build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish scientific papers, publish software for the research community, and transfer cutting-edge technologies to Microsoft’s product divisions. Prior to MNR, Victor founded the Networking Research Group and served as its manager for 9 years. He continues to help shape Microsoft’s long-term vision related to networking technologies through research and associated policy engagement with governments and research institutions around the world. His personal research span a variety of topics in mobile computing, wireless systems design, cloud services and datacenter / enterprise networking & management. He has built and deployed several seminal and highly cited networked systems, with over 20,000 citations; he has authored 120 peer-reviewed papers and 99 patents; he has won best paper awards at MobiSys, SIGCOMM and CoNext and has delivered over 30 keynote & plenary talks; he is the founder and past Chairperson of ACM SIGMOBILE, the founder and steering committee chair of the MobiSys; and the founder and past Editor-in-Chief of ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review. He has served as the General Chair of several ACM and IEEE conferences including SIGCOMM, MobiCom, DySPAN, ISWC and ISWCS, and is serving on the steering committees of seven IEEE & ACM conferences & workshop, several of which he co-founded. He has served as the chair of ACM’s Outstanding Contributions Award committee on mobility for sixteen years. on the board of over half-a-dozen journals; on several NSF, NRC and FCC panels, and on over six dozen program committees. Dr. Bahl has been IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer (2007-09) and ACM’s Distinguished Speaker (2007-10). He received Digital’s Doctoral Engineering Fellowship Award in 1995 and SIGMOBILE’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001. In 2004, Microsoft nominated him for the innovator of the year award. He received Microsoft’s Individual Performance Award, given to the highest performing employees in 2007, 2010 & 2011. He became an ACM Fellow in 2003, an IEEE Fellow in 2008 and a AAAS Fellow in 2010. Also in 2010 he received the IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer Award, and in 2011 the FCC Open Internet App. and the FCC People’s Choice App Awards. In 2012 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of UMASS Amherst and in 2013 he received SIGMOBILE’s Outstanding Contributions Award.
When not working, Victor loves to read, travel, eat in fine restaurants, watch competitive sports and action movies, and spend time drinking with friends and family.