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Konstantinos Psounis

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Professor of Electrical Engineering-Systems and Computer Science


  • 2002, PhD, Electrical Engineering, Stanford Univ
  • 1999, Masters, Electrical Engineering, Stanford Univ
  • 1997, Bachelors, Electrical Engineering


Konstantinos Psounis is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Southern California. He received his first degree from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in June 1997, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, California, in January 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in December 2002.

Konstantinos models and analyzes the performance of a variety of wired and wireless networks and designs schemes and protocols to solve problems related to such systems, including WiFi and cellular systems, data centers, sensor and IoT wireless networks etc. He is the author of more than 100 research papers on these topics which have received more than 10000 citations. Konstantinos has received faculty awards/grants from numerous governmental sources including the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Laboratory and from numerous companies including CISCO Systems and Huawei Communications. He has been a Stanford graduate fellow throughout his graduate studies and has received the best-student National Technical University of Athens award for graduating first in his class. He is an IEEE Fellow and a senior member of ACM.

Research Summary

My research interests lie in the area of Networking which fascinates me for its breadth, spanning from hands-on system-design all the way to advanced mathematical analysis, and for the direct impact that it has to people's lives, exemplified by the profound changes that the Internet, the World Wide Web, and the cellular/WiFi networks have brought to our lives.

Broadly, networking research has two flavors. First, ``system-design'' research is mainly about protocol and algorithmic design, implementation and experimentation. Second, ``network-theory'' research is mainly about performance analysis using mathematical tools. The research I enjoy most is a combination of these two, stemming from my desire to apply formal analytical and algorithmic methods to problems of high practical relevance, and propose and implement/prototype solutions that can be used in practice.

Since I joined USC I have modeled and analyzed the performance of a variety of networks, including the Internet, cellular and WiFi networks, IoT and sensor networks, data center networks, mobile ad hoc networks, delay and disruptive tolerant networks, mesh networks, peer to peer networks and the web. I have also designed and prototyped methods, algorithms, and protocols to solve problems related to such systems. For a more detailed presentation of my research work, see see my personal web site.


  • 1992 Hellenic National Foundation of Scholarships (IKY) award
  • 1992 Technical Institution of Greece (TEE) award
  • 1997 Stanford University Illeana and Eric Benhamou Stanford Graduate Fellowship
  • 1997 National Technical University of Athens Best-student National Technical University of Athens award
  • 2004 Viterbi School of Engineering Charles Lee Powel Assistant Professor Scholarship Award
  • 2005 National Science Foundation NSF NeTS grant/award
  • 2005 Zumberge Foundation Zumberge award
  • 2007 METRANS Transportation Center METRANS research grant/award
  • 2008 IEEE IEEE Senior Member Award
  • 2008 Cisco Systems Cisco Systems Grant/Award
  • 2008 NSF NSF NeTS Grant/Award
  • 2008 Cisco Systems Cisco Systems Grant and Best Presentation Award
  • 2008 NSF NSF REU site Grant/Award
  • 2009 Army Research Laboratory Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Grant
  • 2009 METRANS Transportation Center METRANS transportation center Grant/Award
  • 2009 ACM ACM Senior Member Award
  • 2011 DoCoMo Labs DoCoMo Labs Grant
  • 2011 Cisco Systems Cisco Systems Grant
  • 2011 Ming Hsieh Institute Ming Hsieh Institute (MHI) Grant
  • 2013 VSoE MEPC Business Plan Competition - 2nd place
  • 2014 Cisco Systems Cisco Systems Grant
  • 2014 NSF NSF EARS Grant
  • 2014 ACM ACM Notable Article in Computing - Best of 2013
  • 2015 Adant Technologies Adant Technologies Grant
  • 2016 Huawei Technologies Huawei Technologies Grant
  • 2016 Adant Technologies Adant Technologies Grant
  • 2016 NSF NSF NeTS Grant
  • 2016 Cisco Systems Cisco Systems Grant
  • 2016 IEEE Distinguished Member of IEEE Infocom TPC Award
  • 2017 IEEE IEEE Fellow
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems
  • Computer Science

  • RTH 409
  • Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering
  • 3710 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2562

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-4453
  • kpsounis@usc.edu


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