Venkatesan Ekambaram

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think

what nobody else has thought.” -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi 


I am currently with Qualcomm New Jersey Research Center. Prior to this I was a PhD student in the EECS department, University of California Berkeley working in the BASiCS group under Prof.Kannan Ramchandran. My research interests include, but are not limited to wireless adhoc networks, optimization, distributed signal processing, statistical learning theory etc.

My current research focuses on developing a signal processing framework for graph-structured data. In particular, we are interested in developing a Fourier theory for ``graph-signals'' that model such data. This has interesting applications in semi-supervised learning etc.

In the recent past, I have also worked on developing a theory for non-line-of-sight localization. The problem is  fundamentally related to many other problems in different areas such as adhoc network localization, non linear dimensionality reduction, protein molecular conformation, media processing etc.

I also closely collaborate with Prof. Raja Sengupta, Department of CEE, working on problems in Intelligent Transportation Systems, Dr. Gerald Friedland, ICSI Berkeley, in the area of media-geotagging and with Dr. Babak Ayazifar, Dept of EECS, in the area of Graph Signal Processing.

I am a volunteer for SPICMACAY Berkeley and also belong to the Berkeley India Reading Group.


I graduated with a Masters in Telecommunication from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in July 2008. I worked with Prof. P. Vijay Kumar. My research focus was primarily on developing energy efficient detection algorithms for wireless sensor networks. I also worked on hop-count based self-localization algorithms for sensor networks. This was joint work with Prof.Anurag Kumar.

I worked in Juniper Networks India Pvt. Ltd. from Jul-2008 to Jul-2009 where I worked on the packet forwarding engine of Juniper's EX-series switches.



  1. MediaEval 2012 Placing Task award for the most novel theoretical approach.

  2. Recipient of Roberto Padovani Scholarship 2012 from Qualcomm.

  3. Check out our connected vehicle challenge video on the U S DoT website.


About myself...



                   Contact details

Venkatesan. N. Ekambaram

Qualcomm Flarion Inc

500 Somerser Corporate Blvd

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

vekambar (at) qti (dot) qualcomm (dot) com

You can find my CV here.