Prithwish Basu is an Indian-American engineer and innovator in the field of mobile ad-hoc wireless networks. He is currently an engineer at BBN networks. In 2006 he was recognized as a young innovator by being included in the MIT Technology Review's TR35 which is a list of top innovators from around the world who not older than 35 years in age.
He has developed algorithms that dramatically reduce the chance that a wireless network will drop connections or fail, all while decreasing the energy consumed by battery-powered radios. The algorithms will work for networks of sensors, for people carrying mobile computers, or even for groups of robots with onboard radios.
The U.S. Defense Department is interested in testing these designs as a way to help keep soldiers in touch on the battlefield, but Basu’s true passion is finding ways to incorporate ad hoc networks into everyday life.
He studied at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Boston University.