Before starting at MSR, I was a Lecturer in the EECS department at , designing and teaching the new first-year classes EECS16A and EECS16B.

I received my PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where my advisor was . I was also lucky to work with Jose Carmena at UC Berkeley for my MS, and I had a wonderful UROP experience in George Verghese's group as an undergrad at MIT.


I am interested in developing and understanding simple mathematical models of complex systems to gain engineering and design insights. While much of my work has focused on problems at the intersection of information theory and control theory, I have also worked on problems in wireless communications, robotic navigation under uncertainty, crowdsourcing, brain-machine interfaces, data-center networks and cardio-vascular modeling. I am thankful for the many wonderful collaborations that have lead to the publications here.

Selected Work/Preprints

Information and control theory

Protocol design for wireless control

Robotic navigation under uncertainty

Certifyably safe robot navigation in uncertain environments
Brian Axelrod, Debadeepta Dey, Ashish Kapoor and Gireeja Ranade
Submitted 2016


Worker information in crowdsourcing contest design
Gireeja Ranade, and Lav R. Varshney
Book Chapter, submitted 2015.

Programmable optical networks for datacenters

Neuroscience and brain-machine interfaces

Cardiovascular Modeling and Prediction

Model-based Estimation of Cardiac Output and Total Peripheral Resistance
Tushar A. Parlikar, Thomas Heldt, Gireeja Ranade and George Verghese
Computers in Cardiology, October 2007





Students and Interns

Brian Axelrod
Summer intern at MSR Redmond in 2016 co-mentored with Debadeepta Dey and Ashish Kapoor. Worked on developing certification for the safety of trajectories for robotic navigation under uncertainty.
Currently first-year MEng student in EECS at MIT.
Vasuki Narasimha Swamy
Graduate student at UC Berkeley working on wireless protocol design for low-latency high-reliability control. Vasuki was also an intern at MSR Redmond in Summer 2016 co-mentored with Ranveer Chandra, Anirudh Badam and Sudipta Sinha.
Currently PhD student in EECS at UC Berkeley.
Leah Dickstein
Undergraduate researcher at UC Berkeley working on effects of delay, quantization and error-correcting codes in control systems.
CSoI Channels Scholar 2015-2016. Currently fourth-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley.
Ena Hariyoshi
Undergraduate researcher at UC Berkeley working on geometric interpretations of the value of information and control capacity in systems with unpredictable parameters
CSoI Channels Scholar 2014-2015, 2015-2016. Currently first-year EECS PhD student at MIT.
Sahaana Suri
Undergraduate reseracher at UC Berkeley working on wireless protocol design for low-latency high-reliability control applications.
Finalist, CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award 2015. Currently second-year EE PhD student at Stanford.
Govind Ramnarayan
Undergraduate researcher working on the value of future information in control over lossy networks.
Currently third-year CS PhD student at MIT.