Vishal Misra

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Vishal Misra
OccupationProfessor, Entrepreneur
AwardsACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow
Academic background
EducationIIT Bombay, UMass-Amherst
Academic work
DisciplineComputer Scientist
InstitutionsColumbia University

Vishal Misra is an Indian-American scientist at Columbia University, New York, NY and known for his numerous contributions to Computer Networking. He was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2016[1] for contributions to network traffic modeling, congestion control and Internet economics. He was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2018.[2] In 2019, he was designated a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay, from which he graduated in 1992.[3]

He is a Professor in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments at Columbia University. He is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded the world's most popular single sport portal ESPNCricinfo, where he designed and implemented the world's [4] first live sport scorecard system on the Internet [5] in 1996. In 2011 he founded the data center storage company Infinio.

As a researcher, he developed the first stochastic differential equation (fluid) model of TCP that led to formal control theoretic analysis of congestion control mechanisms on the Internet. Based on his work a team at Cisco developed the PIE (PI enhanced) controller that is being used to solve the problem of bufferbloat (excessive delays on the Internet because of larger than needed buffers). The PIE controller has become a part of the DOCSIS 3.1.

He has also worked on the topic of Network neutrality, and worked actively with both the citizen's movement and the regulators in India. The pro-net neutrality citizen's movement adopted his definition of Net Neutrality, and eventually the regulators in India passed regulations that are consistent with his definition, recognized as the strongest Net Neutrality protections anywhere in the world.[6]


  1. ^ "2016 elevated fellow" (PDF). IEEE Fellows Directory.
  2. ^ 2018 ACM Fellows Honored for Pivotal Achievements that Underpin the Digital Age, Association for Computing Machinery, December 5, 2018
  3. ^ "Alumni and Corporate Relations | Alumni and Corporate Relations".
  4. ^ One Night in 1996
  5. ^ "The global appeal of 'sticky' live blogs". CNN.
  6. ^ India now has the 'world's strongest' net neutrality rules