Balaji Prabhakar is VMWare Founders Professor of Computer Science and a faculty member
in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University.
His research interests are in computer networks; notably, in Data Center Networks and
Cloud Computing Platforms. He has also worked on Societal Networks: networks vital
for society's functioning, such as transportation, electricity and recycling systems. He has
developed "nudge engines" to incentivize commuters to travel in off-peak times so that
congestion, fuel and pollution costs are reduced.
He has been a Terman Fellow at Stanford University, and a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation, IEEE and ACM. He has received the CAREER award from the U.S. National
Science Foundation, the Erlang Prize from the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, the
Rollo Davidson Prize from the University of Cambridge, and delivered the Lunteren Lectures.
He is the recipient of the inaugural IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award
which recognizes "significant technological achievements and contributions to the
establishment, development and proliferation of innovative societal infrastructure systems.
He serves on the Advisory Board of the Future Urban Mobility Initiative of the World Economic
Forum. He is a co-recipient of several best paper awards.