Prashant Krishnamurthy

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Informatics and Networked Systems, School of Computing and Information

Prashant Krishnamurthy joined the faculty in 1999 and immediately began to work on building a research program and degree offerings on the design and implementation of wireless networks. He also was one of the co-founders of the school’s Laboratory for Education and Research in Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS), a national Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education (IAC) and Research (IAR). LERSAIS educates professionals and academics who will be charged with protecting information infrastructure.

Krishnamurthy’s research on position/location and security in wireless networks has expanded to consider avant-garde directions for radio spectrum policy and spectrum virtualization, efficient design of location-based social networks, the design of positioning schemes to support wayfinding, and approaches to multi-level information privacy. Throughout his time at Pitt, Krishnamurthy has developed new courses and programs of study for the school, particularly addressing the wireless and security curricula, which has attracted over $5 million in curriculum and education/scholarships grants (for which he served as PI or co-PI) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, offering introductory and advanced courses on wireless networks and cryptography. He has also served as the chair of the doctoral program in telecommunications, overseeing the program’s continual evaluation and evolution to best meet the needs of this constantly changing field.