His father was Andrejs Dunkels, professor in Mathematics. His mother was Kerstin Vännman also professor. His work is mainly focused on networking technology and distributed communication for small embedded devices and wireless sensor networks on the Internet. Dunkels is best known to the embedded community as the author of the uIP (micro-IP) and lwIP TCP/IP protocol stacks. He is also the creator of protothreads and author of the Contiki operating system. The MIT Technology Review placed him on the TR35 list of world's top 35 innovators under 35, in 2009.
His book Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP - the Next Internet, co-authored with Jean-Philippe Vasseur and with a foreword by Vint Cerf, was published in 2010.
He is a founder of the IPSO Alliance, who promotes IP networking for smart objects such as embedded systems and wireless sensors, and author of the alliance's white paper.