Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi is the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. An alumnus of IIT, Madras, Prof. Ramamurthi earned his MS and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He flagged off his career in the US with AT&T Bell Laboratories, New Jersey.
Prof. Ramamurthi returned to his alma mater in 1986, and joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as an Assistant Professor. Prof. Ramamurthi is the Principal Architect of corDECT Wireless Local Loop System and the Broadband corDECT Wireless DSL System, widely deployed in India and 15 countries. He is also the inventor of the Multi-Level Adaptive Modulation Extension to the DECT standard that makes the Broadband corDECT system possible. Besides these, he has also made significant contributions as the inventor of Variable Bitrate Modified-GSM voice compression algorithm for digital storage applications, co-inventor of the Conjugate Data Repetition and associated Collision-Free Interlaced Pilots scheme in IEEE 802.16m standard, Designer of the Radio Modems for a TDM-TDMA Rural Digital Telephone System and so on. Through his work, Prof Ramamurthi currently holds 21 patents along with his collaborators for his pioneering research activities. Prof Ramamurthi received the Vasvik Award for Electronic Sciences and Technology in 2000 and was honoured with the Tamil Nadu Scientist Award 2003 in Engineering and Technology, for his outstanding initiatives.