Opening Plenary

Victor Bahl

Distinguished Scientist
Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research

Victor Bahl is a distinguished scientist and director of mobility & networking research in Microsoft. He serves on the Microsoft Research Redmond Lab leadership team managing over 200 researchers and staff. He advises Microsoft’s CEO and his senior leadership team on strategy and long-term vision related to networked systems, cloud computing, data center infrastructure, mobile computing, and wireless systems. He heads a high-powered group that executes on this vision through research, technology transfers to product groups, industry partnerships, and associated policy engagement with governments and research institutes around the world. Dr. Bahl has published over 125 papers with close to 50,000 citations; has been granted over 150 patent and delivered over 40 keynotes. For his seminal work in wireless systems and broadband access he has received several technical and leadership awards including the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award, the ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Lifetime Contributions Award. He also received two United States FCC awards, two national transportation awards, two test-of-time award, three best paper awards, two distinguished alumni awards, a distinguished service award, and a IEEE outstanding leadership award. Under his direction, his group has had game changing impact on Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructures both in the data center and in wide-area networking and on edge computing and live video analytics. Dr. Bahl is the founder of ACM SIGMOBILE, ACM MobiSys, ACM GetMobile and several other important conferences. With his wife, he co-founded Computing For All, a non-profit dedicated to increasing and enhancing computer science education for students of all ages and from all backgrounds. Dr. Bahl is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS.