Ram Ramanathan


Ram Ramanathan
Chief Scientist
goTenna Inc.
81 Willoughby St.
Brooklyn, NY, USA

Email : ram AT gotenna DOT com
Web : https://sites.google.com/site/ramanathanatbbn

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Dr. Ram Ramanathan is Chief Scientist at goTenna, where he architects, analyzes and helps evolve networking protocols for decentralized off-grid mesh networks. Prior to that, he was Principal Scientist at BBN Technologies where he helped develop and prototype new technologies, primarily in wireless computer networks.  Ram's current research areas broadly include wireless networks, network analysis and control algorithms, and network science. Over the course of his career, he has made contributions to the areas of scalable routing, topology control and the use of directional antennas in multihop networks and led several projects for the DoD, in particular DARPA. 

Ram has published widely in international journals and conferences, including best paper award winning papers at IEEE MILCOM, IEEE INFOCOM, and ACM SIGCOMM. He has served on the program committees of several conferences including MobiCom, Mobihoc and Infocom, and was the TPC co-chair of Mobicom 2007. Ram has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) and Ad Hoc Networks journal, and was the Associate Editor-in-Chief of TMC. Ram received his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and received his M.S and Ph.D degrees in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Delaware. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. Here's the full CV.

Selected Publications (Journal)

  1. R. Ramanathan, E. Ciftcioglu, A. Samanta, R. Urgaonkar, T. LaPorta"Symptotics: A Framework for Estimating the Scalability of Real-World Wireless Networks", Wireless Networks, Vol. 23, Issue 4, 2017

  2. E. Ciftcioglu, R. Ramanathan, P. Basu"Generative Models for Global Collaboration Relationships", Nature Scientific Reports, 7, Article number 11160 (2017)

  3. J.B.D. Cabrera, R. Ramanathan, C. Guitierrez, R. Mehra, "Stable Topology Control for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks", IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 11, No. 7,  July 2007, pp. 574-576.

  4. R.R. Choudhary, X. Yang, R. Ramanathan, N. Vaidya, "On Designing MAC Protocols for Wireless Networks using Directional Antennas", IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing Vol. 5, No. 5, May 2006

  5. R. Ramanathan, J. Redi, C. Santivanez, D. Wiggins, S. Polit "Ad Hoc Networking with DirectionalAntennas: A Complete System Solution", Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, Jan. 2005.
  6. R. Ramanathan, J. Redi, "A brief overview of ad hoc networks: challenges and directions", IEEE Communications Magazine Vol. 40, Issue 5, May 2002
  7. S. Ramanathan, "A Unified Framework and Algorithm for Channel Assignment inWireless Networks," Wireless Networks 5, (1999), pp 81-94.
  8. S. Ramanathan and M. Steenstrup, "Hierarchically-organized,multihop mobile networks for multimedia support," ACM/Baltzer Mobile Networks and Applications, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp 101-119.
  9. S. Ramanathan and M. Steenstrup, "A survey of routing techniques for mobile communications networks," ACM/Baltzer Mobile Networks and Applications, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 89-103.
  10. S. Ramanathan, "Multicast tree generation in networks with asymmetric links," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 558-568.

Selected Publications (Conferences)

  1. R. Ramanathan, C. Servaes, W. Ramanathan "ECHO: Efficient Zero-Control Network-Wide Broadcasting for Mobile Multi-hop Wireless Networks," Proc. IEEE MILCOM, October 2018

  2. V. Manfredi, W. Tetteh, R. Ramanathan, R. Hain, D. Ryder, "SHARE: Scalable Hybrid Adaptive Routing for Dynamic Environments,", Proc. IEEE Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC), 2017. Awarded Best Industry Paper.

  3. A. Assarpour, S. Farhat, O. Liu, A. Nikolaev, A. Bar-Noy, P. Basu, S. Mneimneh, R. Ramanathan"Measuring the Strength of Teams: Metrics and Properties," Proc. IEEE NetSciComm, April 2015<\p>

  4. M. Hoang, R. Ramanathan, A. Singh"Structure and Evolution of Missed Collaborations in Large Networks," Proc. IEEE NetSciComm, April 2014

  5. F. Yu, R. A. Bar-Noy, P. Basu, R. Ramanathan"Algorithms for Channel Assignment in Wireless Networks using Temporal Coloring," Proc. ACM MSWIM, Barcelona, Spain, 2013

  6. S. Dabideen, R. Ramanathan"FansyRoute: Adaptive Fan-Out for Variably Intermittent Challenged Networks," Proc. ACM Mobicom Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS), Miami, USA, 2013

  7. E. Ciftcioglu, R. Ramanathan, T. La Porta"Scalability Analysis of Tactical Mobility Patterns," Proc. IEEE MILCOM, San Diego, 2013

  8. M. Hoang, R. Ramanathan, T. Moore, A. Swami"Structural and Collaborative Properties of Team Science Networks," Proc. 4th International Workshop on Business Applications of Social Network Analysis, Niagara Falls, Canada, August 2013

  9. R. Urgaonkar, R. Ramanathan, J. Redi, W. Tetteh"Channel Assignment in Dense MC-MR Networks: Scaling Laws and Algorithms," Proc. IEEE INFOCOM, Turin, Italy, 2013

  10. G. Jakllari, M. Neufeld, R. Ramanathan"A Framework for Frameless TDMA using Slot Chains," Proc. IEEE MASS, Las Vegas, Oct. 2012

  11. R. Ramanathan, A. Samanta, T. La Porta "Symptotics: A Framework for Analyzing Real-World Wireless Networks," Proc. ACM PE-WASUN, Cyprus, October 2012.

  12. J. Redi, R. Ramanathan"The WNaN Network Architecture," Proc. IEEE Milcom 2011, Baltimore, November 2011.

  13. R. Ramanathan, A. Bar-Noy, P. Basu, M. Johnson, W. Ren, A. Swami, Q. Zhao"Beyond Graphs: Capturing Groups in Networks," Proc. IEEE NetSciComm 2011, Shanghai, April 2011.

  14. R. Ramanathan et al"Scalability of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks: Theory vs Practice," Proc. IEEE Milcom 2010, San Jose, October 2010.

  15. G. Jakllari, R. Ramanathan, "A Sync-lessTime Divided MAC protocol for mobile ad hoc networks," Proc. IEEE MILCOM 2009, Boston, October 2009.
  16. R. Ramanathan, F. Tchakountio, "Channel Access over Path Segments for Ultra Low Latency MANETs," Proc. IEEE MILCOM 2007, Orlando, October 2007.

  17. R. Ramanathan, P. Basu, R. Krishnan, "Towards a Formalism for Routing in Challenged Networks," Proc. CHANTS 2007, Montreal, September 2007.

  18. R. Ramanathan, R. Hansen, P. Basu, R. Hain, R. Krishnan, "Prioritized Epidemic Routing for Opportunistic Networks," Proc. MobiOpp 2007, Puerto Rico, June 2007.

  19. R. Ramanathan, "Challenges: A RadicallyNew Architecture for Next Generation Mobile Ad Hoc Networks", Proc. ACM MOBICOM 2005,  Cologne, Germany, August 2005.
  20. C. Santivanez, R. Ramanathan, C. Partridge, R. Krishnan, M. Condell, S. Polit, "Opportunistic Spectrum Access: Challenges, Architecture, Protocols," in Proc. ACM WICON 2006, Boston, 2006.
  21. E.L. Lloyd, R. Liu, M.V. Marathe, R. Ramanathan, S.S. Ravi, "Algorithmic Aspects of Topology Control Problems for Ad Hoc Networks," Proc. ACM MOBIHOC 2002,  Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2002.

  22. J. Redi, R. Ramanathan, "Utilizing Directional Antennas for Ad Hoc Networking," Proc. IEEE MILCOM 2002,  Anaheim, California, USA, 2001 (Received Best Paper Classified Paper award).

  23. R. Ramanathan, "On the performance of ad hoc networks using beamforming antennas", Proc. ACM MOBIHOC 2001,  Long Beach, California, USA, October 2001.

  24. C. Santivanez, R. Ramanathan, I. Stavrakakis, "Making Link-State Routing Scale for Ad HocNetworks", Proc. ACM MOBIHOC 2001,  Long Beach, California, USA, October 2001.

  25. R. Ramanathan, "Making Ad Hoc Networks Density Adaptive", Proc. IEEE MILCOM 2001,  Tysons Corner, Virginia, October 2001.

  26. F. Tchakountio, R. Ramanathan, ""Tracking Highly Mobile Endpoints",  Proceedings of ACM Workshop on Wireless Mobile Multimedia (WoWMoM), July 2001, Rome, Italy.

  27. R. Ramanathan and R. Hain, "Topology Control ofMultihop Radio Networks using Transmit Power Adjustment", Proc. IEEE INFOCOM,  Tel Aviv, Israel, Mar 2000.

  28. R. Krishnan, R. Ramanathan and M. Steenstrup, "OptimizationAlgorithms for Large Self-Structuring Networks, IEEE INFOCOM '99, New York, USA, March 1999.

  29. K. Kasera and S. Ramanathan, "A Location ManagementProtocol for Hierarchically Organized Multihop Mobile Networks," in Proceedings of the IEEE ICUPC, San Diego, 1997.

  30. S. Ramanathan, "A Unified Framework and Algorithm for (T/F/C)DMA Channel Assignment in Wireless Networks," in Proceedings of the IEEE INFOCOM 1996, Kobe (Japan), 1997

  31. S. Ramanathan, "Multicast Tree Generation in Networks with Asymmetric Links," in Proceedings of the IEEE INFOCOM 1996, San Francisco, CA, 1997 (Received Best Paper Award) 

  32. S. Ramanathan, "Scheduling Algorithms for Multihop Radio Networks," in Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM, 1992, Baltimore, MD, 1992 (Received Best Student Paper Award)

Book Chapters, Tech Reports and Misc

  1. R. Ramanathan, A. Samanta, T. La Porta, "An Approximate Model for Analyzing Real-World Wireless Network Scalability", BBN Technical Memorandum TM-2031
  2. R. Ramanathan, F. Tchakountiou, "Ultra Low-Latency MANETs", BBN Technical Memorandum TM-2023

  3. XG Working Group "The XG Vision, Request for Comments, Version 2.0.

  4. R. Ramanathan, "Antenna Beamforming and Power Control for Ad Hoc Networks," in Mobile Ad Hoc Networking, S. Basagni et al. (eds), IEEE Press/Wiley, 2004.

  5. PhD Thesis: "Scheduling Algorithms for Multihop Radio Networks", Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware. Advisor: Prof. Errol Lloyd. (Received the Alan Colburn Prize for Best 1992 Dissertation in Engineering and Sciences at the University of Delaware)
  6. R. Ramanathan, "Is My Grocery Store Safe: A Model for Individual Infection Probability during an Epidemic and Estimations for COVID-19," Unpublished Manuscript.

Selected Patents

  • S. Ramanathan, "Method for Self-organizing Mobile Wireless Station Network" U.S. Patent number  5,850,592.
  • S. Ramanathan, "Method and apparatus for asynchronous reservation oriented multiple access", U.S. Patent number  6,577,613.


Along with Mineo Takai and Nitin Vaidya, I presented a tutorial at the ACM MobiHoc 2003 Conference, entitled "Directional Antenna Systems in Ad Hoc Networks". My parts of the tutorial are here: Part 1 of the tutorial, and Part 5 of the tutorial. Part 2 and 4 were given by Mineo Takai and part 3 was given by Nitin Vaidya. You can access them by going to their websites.

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor-in-chief, IEEE Tranactions on Mobile Computing, 2011-2013
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Tranactions on Mobile Computing, 2007-2009
  • Co-Chair, Program Committee, ACM Mobicom 2007
  • Editorial Board, Ad Hoc Networks Journal (Elsevier), 2002-2005
  • Program committee member for ACM Mobicom conference, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008
  • Program commitee member for IEEE Infocom conference, 2005
  • Program committee member for MobiHoc (Mobile Ad Hoc Networks), 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Tutorial on “Directional Antenna Systems in Ad Hoc Networking”, Mobihoc 2003
  • Program committee member for DIALM (Discrete Algorithms for Mobility), 1998
  • Member, Steering Committee, MobiHoc, 2001
  • Co-Guest editor, for ACM/Baltzer MONET special issue on Routing in Mobile Networks
  • Active in IETF standardization efforts for IDPR and NIMROD between 1994 and 1997
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