Krishna Balachandran

Murray Hill, NJ, USA

Research Interests


KRISHNA BALACHANDRAN is currently a Partner and Director at Bell Labs Consulting where he leads advanced R&D for future industrial automation with a focus on innovations driven by wireless networks and augmented cognition (achieved through untethered hyperscale sensing and machine learning techniques). He has been with Bell Labs since 1996, contributing to research and development for successive generations of wireless technologies. Prior to his current role, he was a Director and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Mobile Radio Research Lab at Bell Labs. In this role, he led a team of researchers in identifying, defining and delivering high-impact research results that established Bell Labs/Nokia leadership in 5G and IoT, influenced product strategy/roadmaps, and contributed to driving standards proposals that provide substantial improvement in wireless capacity and Quality of Experience for enhanced mobile broadband and IoT.

Dr. Balachandran has in-depth expertise in wireless systems and mobile radio technologies (including advanced Radio Link, MAC and physical layer protocols, architectures, controls and algorithms for wireless networks, communication system theory and design, cross-layer optimization, cooperative transmission and reception techniques leveraging distributed or cloud processing, and private wireless networks). During his 25+ years at Bell Labs (with the last 20 years in a technical leadership role), he has proposed new research ideas adopted by major cellular standards ranging from 2G to 5G New Radio, while also contributing significantly to product differentiation, Government R&D (DARPA/NSF) programs, and innovative solutions in the public safety, IoT and sensor networking space.

Dr. Balachandran is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has published over 75 journal and conference papers garnering 2200+ citations. He also has 75+ awarded and pending patents and numerous contributions to global standardization bodies. He has been recognized with the Bell Labs President’s Gold Award, Bell Labs Teamwork Awards, the Nokia Top Inventor Award for granted patents, and the Nokia Top Inventor Award for essential patents.


Ph.D., Computer and Systems Eng., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1996

M.S., Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1995

M.S., Computer and Systems Eng., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1994

B.E. (Hons.) in Electrical and Electronics Eng., Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, 1992