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Victor Bahl
Victor Bahl

Director, Mobility & Networking Research
(425) 706-1021 (office)

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  • Victor Bahl is a Distinguished Scientist and the Director of the Mobility & Networking Research (MNR) Group in Microsoft. MNR's mission is "to invent & research technologies that make Microsoft's networks, services and devices indispensable to the world". The group focuses on fundamental and applied research in all areas related to networked systems and mobile computing with a strong 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 helps 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 spans a variety of topics in systems and infrastructure related to mobile computing, cloud services, wireless systems, data center networks, and enterprise networks. He has developed several important technologies that are in widespread use. Some of his notable contributions include: the first Wi-Fi hotspot network; TV white space network; Wi-Fi indoor location system; mm-wave data center network; wireless virtualization stack; multi-radio mesh, and multi-radio energy conserving systems. He is a highly cited author with over 26,000 citations; he has authored 115 peer-reviewed papers and over 110 patents; he has won best paper awards at MobiSys, SIGCOMM and CoNext and has delivered 35 keynote & plenary talks. Victor 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 DySPAN, SIGCOMM, MobiCom, 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.

    He has been IEEE Communications Society's Distinguished Lecturer (2007-09) and ACM's Distinguished Speaker (2007-10). He received Digital's (now Hewett Packard) 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 (Lifetime Achievement) Award and the IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award.

    When not working, Victor loves to read, travel, eat in fine restaurants, watch competitive sports and action movies, and spend time hanging out with friends and family.

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