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Narayan, Prakash

Prakash Narayan
2353 AV Williams
(301) 405-3661

Research Interests 

  • Multiuser information and coding theory
  • Information theoretic security
  • Communication theory
  • Information theory and statistics
  • Communication networks

Current research projects include studies of: connections between common randomness generation by multiple terminals, network secret key generation, and combinatorial tree packing in multigraphs; secure function computation; reliable communication over hybrid radio frequency and free space optical communication systems; and sampling-quantization-distortion tradeoffs in thermal profile estimation for multicore processor chips.


Prakash Narayan received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1976, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from Washington University, St. Louis, MO., in 1978 and 1981.

He is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a joint appointment at the Institute for Systems Research. He is also a founding member of the Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (formerly the Center for Satellite and Hybrid Communication Networks), a NASA Commercial Space Center. He has held visiting appointments at ETH, Zurich; the Technion, Haifa; the Renyi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest; the University of Bielefeld; the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (formerly LADSEB), Padova; and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Dr. Narayan currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He has served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory; Co-Organizer of the IEEE Workshop on Multi-User Information Theory and Systems, VA (1983); Technical Program Chair of the IEEE/IMS Workshop on Information Theory and Statistics, VA (1994); General Co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Washington, D.C. (2001); and Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Information Theory Workshop, Bangalore (2002).

He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Honors and Awards 

    •    ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, University of Maryland (2016)
    •    IEEE Fellow
    •    NSF Research Initiation Award (1982)
    •    Editorial Board, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2000 - 2003)

Related News 

Alumnus Aswin Sankaranarayanan Wins Excellence in Teaching Award at Carnegie Mellon University
The annual award is given to a faculty member who has a clear dedication to undergraduate education and has made a significant impact on his/her students. May 25, 2017

ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17. May 4, 2017

Alumnus Aswin Sankaranarayanan wins NSF CAREER Award
The focus of the research is to develop novel acquisition and processing methods for scene understanding by studying characterizations of light that go beyond images. February 14, 2017

Narayan, Zhou, Schlotfeldt, Strahan win ISR outstanding awards
ISR confers awards of excellence in its annual ceremony. September 13, 2016

Subramanian and Wheeler win 2015 ISR awards
Graduate student and staff member honored at annual ceremony. September 17, 2015

New NSF-funded project targets secure and private function computation
Narayan, Tyagi and Watanabe will take an information theoretic approach to multiple terminal data computation. September 8, 2015

Shun Watanabe joins Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Former visitor worked with Prakash Narayan on network information theory. August 20, 2015

Alum Himanshu Tyagi joins Indian Institute of Science
Former student of Prakash Narayan is tenure-track assistant professor. August 18, 2015

ECE Names 2014-2015 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2014-15. May 14, 2015

Narayan, Martins participate in BIRS decentralized systems workshop
The invited workshop addressed decentralized decision-making. October 27, 2014