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
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.