Adam Dunkels

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Adam Dunkels
Born (1978-05-28) 28 May 1978 (age 45)
EducationSwedish Institute of Computer Science (B.S.; M.S., 2001; Ph.D., 2007)
Known forContiki, lwIP, uIP, protothreads
  • Andrejs Dunkels (father)
  • Kerstin Vännman (mother)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science, computer programming, entrepreneurship
InstitutionsSwedish Institute of Computer Science
ThesisProgramming Memory-Constrained Networked Embedded Systems (2007)

Adam Dunkels (born 1978) is a Swedish computer scientist, computer programmer, entrepreneur, and founder of Thingsquare, an Internet of things (IoT) product development business.

His father was professor of mathematics Andrejs Dunkels. His mother was professor Kerstin Vännman. His work is mainly focused on computer networking technology and distributed communication for small embedded systems and devices and wireless sensor networks on the Internet. He attended the Swedish Institute of Computer Science where he earned Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.) in 2001, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 2007. Dunkels is best known to the embedded community as the author of the uIP (micro-IP) and lwIP TCP/IP Internet protocol suite (stacks). He invented protothreads and the operating system Contiki. The MIT Technology Review placed him on the TR35 list of world's top 35 innovators under 35, in 2009.[1]

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.[2]

He is a founder of the Internet Protocol for Smart Objects Alliance (IPSO Alliance), which promotes IP networking for smart objects such as embedded systems and wireless sensors, and author of the alliance's white paper.[3]

Dunkels received the 2008 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGOPS EuroSys Roger Needham PhD award for his Ph.D. thesis "Programming Memory-Constrained Networked Embedded Systems".[4] He has won an ERCIM Cor Baayen award.

Networked embedded software[edit]

Many of Dunkels's small implementations are used in commercial products from companies, including Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), Altera, BMW, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, GE, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Volvo Technology, and Xilinx. They include:


  1. ^ Pacaud, Julian (19 August 2009). "Adam Dunkels, Innovator Under 35: 31". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  2. ^ Vasseur, Jean-Philippe; Dunkels, Adam (31 May 2010). Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet. Burlington, Massachusetts: Morgan Kaufmann (Elsevier). ISBN 978-0123751652. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ Dunkels, Adam; Vasseur, Jean-Philippe (September 2008). IP for Smart Objects: Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance White paper #1 (PDF) (Report). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2011.
  4. ^ Dunkels, Adam (February 2007). Programming Memory-Constrained Networked Embedded Systems (PDF). (PhD). Swedish Institute of Computer Science. Retrieved 21 April 2017.

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