Kumar BalachandranPrincipal Researcher at Ericsson
Kumar Balachandran is appointed as Expert in Wireless Communications Networks and has been with Ericsson Research since 1995. He has a BE (Hons) in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli, acquired in 1986 and holds an M.S. and PhD in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, awarded in 1988 and 1992 respectively. Kumar has worked on a variety of areas in mobile communications spanning the Physical Layer, signal processing, radio resource management, spectrum sharing, protocol design, and systems engineering spanning all five generations of mobile cellular technologies. He has been involved with shared spectrum as a prominent contributor to the specification of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the WInnForum and the OnGo Alliance. He is currently leading a team addressing research problems pertaining to radio resilience and system reliability. He is active in working with Ericsson’s technology strategy and takes an interest in competitive analysis of mobile technology. He has served as a technical expert on the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council during previous years on spectrum topics (including shared spectrum), receiver performance, and 5G&IoT. He is a delegate to the Next G Alliance, a North American industry forum spearheading regional consensus on 6G requirements. He has contributed to Ericsson’s outreach to the FCC and the NTIA on several occasions with technical arguments favoring the release of spectrum for use by the mobile industry. He has served as a panelist and invited speaker at several prominent conferences, is well published, has contributed to several books, and has been named on over 100 issued US patents as inventor.