Biography

Dr. Himanshu Asnani is currently Reader (eq. to tenure-track Assistant Professor) in the School of Technology and Computer Science (STCS) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests include information and coding theory, statistical learning and inference and machine learning. Dr. Asnani is the recipient of 2014 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award and was named Amazon Catalyst Fellow for the year 2018.

He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Department in 2014 from Stanford University, working under Professor Tsachy Weissman, where he was a Stanford Graduate Fellow. Following his graduate studies, he worked in Ericsson Silicon Valley as a System Architect for couple of years, focusing on designing next generation networks with emphasis on network redundancy elimination and load balancing. Driven by a deep desire to innovate and contribute in the education space, with the aid of technology, Dr. Himanshu Asnani quit his corporate sojourn and got involved for a while in his education startups (where he currently holds Founding Advisor role) to bring the promise of quality education in vernacular languages in underdeveloped and developing countries - places which do not have access to English, Internet and Electricity.

Moving on then, from industry and entrepreneurial world back to the academia, before joining TIFR, Dr. Asnani worked as a Research Associate in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Washington, Seattle. In the past, he has also held visiting faculty appointments in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University and Electrical Engineering Department at IIT Bombay. He was the recipient of Best Paper Award at MobiHoc 2009 and was also the finalist for Student Paper Award in ISIT 2011, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Prior to that, he received his B.Tech. from IIT Bombay in 2009 and M.S. from Stanford University in 2011, both in Electrical Engineering.