Awards & Honors

Best Paper Award

  1. IEEE Data Storage Best Paper Award, 201112.
    K. V. Rashmi, Nihar B. Shah and P. Vijay Kumar, Optimal Exact-Regenerating Codes for Distributed Storage at the MSR and MBR Points via a Product-Matrix Construction"IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 57, No. 8, August 2011 (IEEE Data Storage Best Paper
    Best Student Paper Award of 2011/2012).

  2. WISARD 2010 Best PaperDemo Award.
    Member of the “Smart Detect WSN Team” that won the best paper
    best demo award for the demonstration of a small-scale wireless sensor network set up to carry our intrusion detection at the Fourth Annual Workshop on Wireless Systems: Advanced Research and Development (WISARD 2010), 5-9, January, Bangalore.

  3. Best Paper Award (DCOSS 2008).
    N . E. Venkatesan, T. Agarwal and P. V. Kumar “On the average case communication complexity for detection in sensor networks,” presented at the 4th IEEE International Conf. on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS ’08), Santorini Island, Greece, June 11 - 14, 2008. Best Paper Award (Algorithmic Track).

  4. Prize Paper Award (1995) from the IEEE Information Theory Society.
    A. R. Hammons, Jr., P. Vijay Kumar, A. R. Calderbank, N. J. A. Sloane and P. Sol‘e, “The Z4-Linearity of Kerdock, Preparata, Goethals and Related Codes,” IEEE Trans. Inform..Theory, vol. IT-40, pp. 301-319, March 1994. This paper solved a long-standing mystery in coding theory and was reported widely in the media.


  1. Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship India Award - 2021

  2. Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship India Award - 2019

  3. ACCS CDAC Foundation Award for 2018.

  4. J. C. Bose National Fellow, 2017-2023.
    The JC Bose fellowship is awarded by the Science and Engineering Research Board of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, to active scientists in recognition for their outstanding performance).

  5. Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering, 2014.

  6. Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, 2017.

  7. Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, 2017.

  8. Recipient, NetApp Faculty Fellowship Grant, October 2011-April 2012 and May 2013 - November 2014.
    The NetApp Advanced Technology Group established the NetApp Faculty Fellowship program to fund innovative research on data storage and related topics. The goals of this program are to encourage leading-edge research in storage and data management and to foster relationships between academic researchers and engineers and researchers at NetApp.

  9. Prof. Rustum Choksi Award for Excellence in Research in Engineering, IISc, 2013.

  10. ISI Highly-Cited Author.
    On the ISI Web of Knowledge's list of Highly Cited Researchers: “ISI highlights the top 250 preeminent individual researchers worldwide in each of 21 subject categories who have demonstrated great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work.”(ISI Publication Number: A0060-2006-V).

  11. IEEE Fellow, since 2002.
    For contributions to the theory of error-correcting codes and low correlation sequence design

  12. Member, IEEE Fellow Committee (2004-2009).
    (responsible for the evaluation of IEEE-Fellow nominations of members of the IEEE Information Theory Society).

  13. ISIT 2015 TPC Co-Chair.
    Invited to be a TPC Co-Chair of the prestigious IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, which was held in Hong Kong, June 2015, invitation accepted(and the bid to host ISIT 2015 in Hong Kong was successful).

  14. IISc Colloquium Speaker.
    P. Vijay Kumar, “Low-Correlation Sequences for CDMA,” invited Indian Institute of Science Colloquium, delivered October 7, 2008.

  15. Incorporation into 3G Standards:
    The collection of signature sequences for CDMA introduced in the paper P. V . Kumar, T. Helleseth and A. R. Calderbank, A. R. Hammons, Jr., “Large Families of Quaternary Sequences with Low Correlation,” IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, March 1996.

  16. Y. C. Cheng Engineering Fellowship, University of Hong Kong (2009-2010)
    The Fellowship is awarded each year to a distinguished scholar in Engineering to enable the scholar to visit the Faculty of Engineering, University of Hong King for a period of one to three weeks for the purpose of delivering a distinguished lecture and interacting with staff at the Faculty." Visited in Sep. 2010, delivered a lecture and interacted with faculty/students.

  17. EPFL Visiting Professorship:
    Invited to participate as Visiting Professor at the Centre Interfacultaire Bernoulli (CIB) at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de lausanne (EPFL) during their semester on “Combinatorial, Algebraic and Algorithmic Aspects of Coding Theory” for the period Sep. 4-18, 2011 (was not able to attend as visa did not arrive in time).

  18. On the Editorial Advisory Board since inception in 2010 of the Central European Journal of Computer Science (CEJCS), co-published by Versita and Springer.

  19. Invited Chapter.
    T. Helleseth and P. V. Kumar, “Pseudonoise Sequences,” invited chapter for the third edition of The Mobile Communications Handbook to be published in 2012 (CRC Press).

  20. National Science Foundation Workshop Speaker.
    Invited speaker at the US NSF Workshop: Bridging the Gap between Wireless Networking Technologies and Advances at the Physical Layer, August 27, 2007.

  21. USC-School-of-Engineering Senior Research Award.
    This award given in May 1994 by the School of Engineering at USC, was for seminal contributions to coding theory is now part of the 3rd generation WCDMA cellular telephone standard.

  22. Associate Editor.
    Associate Editor for Coding Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 1993-1996.

Student Paper Awards

  1. M. Nikhil Krishnan, Deeptanshu Shukla, P. Vijay Kumar: A Quadratic Field-Size Rate-Optimal Streaming Code for Channels with Burst and Random Erasures. Finalist for the IEEE Jack Keil Wolf ISIT 2019 Student Paper Award.

  1. S. B. Balaji, Ganesh R. Kini and P. Vijay Kumar: A Tight Rate Bound and a Matching Construction for Locally Recoverable Codes with Sequential Recovery From Any Number of Multiple Erasures. Finalist for the IEEE Jack Keil Wolf ISIT 2017 Student Paper Award.