Pramod Viswanath


Coordinated Sciences Laboratory
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Room 118, Coordinated Sciences Lab
1308 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL 61822

Phone: 217 244 8999


I have worked actively in wireless communications for well over a decade, with research involving building models to designing algorithms to system solutions to entrepreneurial and industrial implementations. I am partial to the theoretical and conceptual aspects of the problems I work on.

With wireless technology fairly mature, I am also exploring other research directions. A significant focus since 2013 has been on privacy/anonymity preserving technologies -- from databases to Bitcoin networking stack to making location-anonymous LTE phone calls. Since 2016, my research focus has focused on natural language processing. A sampling of my current research projects:

Anonymity Preserving Technologies

  • Differential privacy: staircase mechanism cut+replaces Laplace mechanism and universally improves utility, optimal composition theorems.
  • Metadata privacy: Rumor source hiding in social networks: Spy vs Spy formulation, Sigmetrics 2015 (best paper award).
  • Ventrilocation: making LTE phone calls without revealing your location (too precisely).
  • Dandelion: redesigning Bitcoin networking for anonymity.


Machine Learning

Past: Wireless Communication

I have worked on algorithms for scheduling users in cellular networks, MIMO algorithms, interference management solutions and a variety of topics in wireless communication over a decade and a half of research. I was one of the early designers of Flash-OFDM, the first OFDM based cellular system (at Flarion Technologies) and coauthored a popular book on wireless communication.