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Durga joined Qualcomm in 1998 as an Engineer. Over the past 18 years, he has worked on 3G and 4G systems, and was the Project Engineer of 4G LTE-Advanced in Qualcomm Research from 2008 to 2015, responsible for design, standardization, prototype implementation, pre-commercial operator trials and inter-operability tests with vendors. Currently, he oversees the 5G and 4G cellular projects in Qualcomm Research, spanning Mobile Broadband Communications, Millimeter Wave based Backhaul and Access systems, Shared Spectrum Access, Internet of Things (IoT), Mission Critical Services and Cellular Vehicular Communications (C-V2X). In addition, he heads the Systems Engineering department in Qualcomm Research.
Durga is the recipient of Qualcomm’s IP Excellence Award, Qualcomm Distinguished Contributor Award for Project Leadership and Upendra Patel Achievement Awards for Outstanding Contributions to HSPA and LTE. Durga holds a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an M.S and Ph.D. from UCLA. His research interests include MIMO, signal processing, communication theory, cognitive radio, IoT, V2X and machine learning. He is a member of IEEE and holds 248 U.S. patents.