Victor Bahl is a Principal Researcher and founding manager of the Networking Research Group in Microsoft Research. In this capacity, he directs research activities that push the state-of-art in the networking of devices and system. He and his group build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish papers in highly competitive conferences and journals, publish software for the research community, and work with product groups to influence Microsoft’s products. His personal research interests are in the design of wireless and mobile systems, and more recently in enterprise network management.
Some of Victor’s seminal research contributions include: JVideo (1990-93), the computer industry’s first audio-video codec & rendering desktop hardware board; SLIB (1993-95), the industry’s first universally available software audio-video codec & rendering library; WiLib (1997-98), a general purpose programming interface & library for wireless network cards; RADAR (1998-99), the world’s first signal strength based indoor user-location determination system; CHOICE (1999-2001), the world’s first public area wireless LAN hot-spot network and edge controller based architecture, and UCOM (2001-03), the world’s first multi-radio single network wireless system. He recently worked on Mesh Networking (2003-05), a community multi-hop wireless network for residential, city, and rural broadband access. He is now working on NetHealth,(2006-) an end-to-end enterprise network management system, and CogNet (2006-) a cognitive networking hardware & software platform for operation in the TV bands. Victor’s research has been incorporated into Microsoft's core products, industry standards, and numerous non-Microsoft commercial products.
In addition to commercial impact, Victor has had a significant impact on the research community. He has authored 75 scientific papers, which have been cited thousands of times; and 65 patent applications of which 35 have issued. His Mesh Networking Academic Toolkit 2005 is being used by over 700 University departments world-wide. The VirtualWiFi software has become the 4th most downloaded software from Microsoft Research. He has delivered 9 keynote talks, and over 70 seminars in engineering departments around the world. His research has been covered by popular press including, EE Times, The New York Times, Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Information Week, Technology Review, Wired News, etc.
Victor is the founder and past Chairman of the ACM SIGMOBILE (1996-2005); he is the founder and past Editor-in-Chief of ACM MC2R (1996-2001), and the founder and Steering Committee Chair of ACM/USENIX MobiSys; In addition to ACM MobiSys, he serves and has served on the Steering Committees of IEEE DySPAN, IEEE COMSWARE, IEEE ISWCS, IEEE ISWC, ACM SenSys,, ACM MobiCom, and on the Program Committee of over 60 international conferences and workshops. He has served on the board of six journals and as a guest editor for three others. He has served as the General Chairman of ACM MobiCom, IEEE COMSWARE, and IEEE ISWCS; as Program Chair of IEEE Symposium on Wearable Computers, IEEE Wireless Mobile Multimedia and ACM Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks. In 2006, he was nominated by Microsoft for Intellectual Property Owners Association’s National Inventor of the Year Award, reaching the final four. He received Digital's prestigious Doctoral Engineering Award (1995-97) and ACM SIGMOBILE's Distinguished Service Award (2001). In 2003, he became an ACM Fellow for “Contributions to wireless communication systems, and leadership in the mobile computing and communications community,” He is IEEE Ditinguished Lecturer (2007-2009) and has served as the president of the electrical engineering honor society Eta Kappa Nu-Zeta Pi.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1997, Victor was with Digital Equipment Corporation (now part of Hewlett Packard) where he initiated, led, and shipped several hardware and software multimedia products He received his Ph. D in Computer Systems Engineering in 1997 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst..