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Ramesh Annavajjala

Affiliate Research Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Wireless Networks
  • Machine Learning and Signal Processing
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Communication and Computing


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of California – San Diego
  • MS in Telecommunications, Indian Institute of Science – Bangalore, India
  • BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology – Warangal, India


Ramesh Annavajjala is an Affiliate Research Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT, Warangal, India, May 1998), his Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore, India, January 2001), and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD, La Jolla, CA, June 2006.)

Dr. Annavajjala has served as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at the Altiostar Networks Inc., a Tewksbury, Massachusetts-based startup company, developing cloud-RAN optimized 4G LTE base-station products. Prior to that, he was a Principal Member of Research Staff at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), in Cambridge, MA. He has also held industry positions at ArrayComm LLC (San Jose, CA, USA), Synopsys Inc., (Bangalore, India) and CMC R&D Center (Hyderabad, India).

Dr. Annavajjala received the Fred W. Ellersick MILCOM award for the “Best Paper in the Unclassified Technical Program” for his paper titled “Design and Performance Evaluation of High-Capacity Mobile Troposcatter Links Under Mobility, Frequency Selectivity, and Antenna Pointing Errors” which was presented at the 2018 IEEE MILCOM conference. He was a recipient of the Purkayastha/TimeLine Ventures graduate fellowship (2002–2003), a co-recipient of the best paper award from the IEEE WPMC 2009 conference, and was a guest editor for the special issue Wireless Cooperative Networks of the EURASIP Journal on Advanced Signal Processing. He was nominated for the MIT TR-35. He has published more than 60 papers in international journals and conferences, made numerous contributions to commercial wireless standards, and is a co-inventor of 10 U.S. patents (granted).

What is your research focus?

Connectivity and security challenges in massive internet-of-things (IoT) devices; Distributed data fusion using cooperative sensing; Autonomy and accountability of cyber-physical systems; Interference management in heterogeneous wireless networks; Coordinated transmission technologies for cellular infrastructure systems; Data-driven and analytics-based self-optimizing wireless networks; Ultra-reliable and low-latency networking for mission-critical systems, and Massive multi-antenna systems leveraging the millimeter-wave unlicensed frequency bands

What is your educational background?

I was trained in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus on Communications Theory and Systems.