Varun Jog

I am an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UW-Madison, with affiliated appointments in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics. I am a fellow of the Grainger Institute for Engineering and an affiliate of the optimization group at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. My research interests lie in the areas of information theory, machine learning, and network science.

From 2015-2016, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. I was hosted jointly by the Statistics and CIS departments. I completed my PhD in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley in 2015, where I was advised by Professor Venkat Anantharam.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 2010. I was advised by Professors Abhay Karandikar and Sibi Raj B Pillai. I also spent three exciting months at the Department of Information Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, working with Professor Chandra Nair in 2009.


My office address is 4611 Engineering Hall. I can be reached by email at vjog at wisc dot edu.


Fall 2016: ECE 730, "Modern Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes"

Spring 2017: ECE 729, "Theory of Information Processing and Transmission"

Fall 2017: ECE 730, "Modern Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes"

Spring 2017: ECE 203, "Signals, Information, and Computation" (shadowing Prof. Barry Van Veen)

Fall 2018: ECE 203, "Signals, Information, and Computation"



MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Machine Learning and Signal Processing accelerated program

  • Geoffrey Lau (Summer 2018)
  • Kamini Jodha (Summer 2018)


  • Yogesh Balaje Mahendran


Conference papers

Journal papers

Recent news

  • (05/18) I will be a discussion leader representing the College of Engineering at the Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Science & Engineering (WIHSE) annual conference.
  • (05/18) I will be one of the speakers at the UW Math Talent Search's Honors Day event!
  • (04/18) I was a panelist at the IFDS student workshop to discuss "Collaborative Data Science Research: Trends and Advice."
  • (04/18) Congratulations to Yogesh for winning the Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship! Yogesh will be collaborating with Prof. Dhavan Shah's group to analyze the spread of misinformation in social networks.
  • (03/18) Probability and Combinatorics Workshop at Bellairs Research Institute, Barbados.
  • (03/18) Three papers from our group accepted to ISIT 2018!
  • (02-03/18) Visit to Isaac Newton Institute at Cambridge. Talks at INI, University of Cambridge, and Bristol University.
  • (02/18) Talk at ITA 2018.