Anurag Kumar is the current Director of the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore, India. He was a professor at the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, and the Chairperson of the Electrical Sciences Division at the Indian Institute of Science, before becoming the Director. On 29 March 2014, the Council of the Indian Institute of Science selected him as the 20th Director.
Anurag Kumar obtained his B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1977, and his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1981. He worked at Bell Labs in the US before joining as faculty at the Indian Institute of Science. His main research area used to be TCP/IP, but now he has moved into wireless networking focusing on sensor networks.
From 1989 to 2001, he coordinated the project ERNET for networking the major education and research institutions in India. This project was instrumental in bringing network connectivity to Indian students and researchers in the late 80s and early 90s.
He has been an elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering since 1999 and an elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy since 2006. He is also a fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences from 2010. As of January 1, 2006, Anurag Kumar is an elected Fellow of the IEEE.
On October 26, 2009, Anurag Kumar was announced as a co-winner of the CDAC-ACCS Foundation Award for 2009 by the Advanced Computing and Communications Society.