Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Sanjeev R. Kulkarni

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dean, Graduate School

Room: B310 Engineering Quadrangle
Phone: 609-258-6727
Webpage: Kulkarni Lab:


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1985
  • M.S., Mathematics, Clarkson University, 1985
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Clarkson University, 1984
  • B.S., Mathematics, Clarkson University, 1983

My research spans a variety of areas including, statistical pattern recognition, machine learning; applied probability, nonparametric statistics; information theory, communications; wireless networks, sensor networks; signal, image, and video processing; adaptive systems, hybrid systems, control and econometrics and finance.

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, Princeton University (2009)
  • President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University (2007)
  • IEEE Fellow (2004)
  • SEAS Distinguished Teacher Award, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University (2004)
  • Walter Curtis Johnson Prize for Teaching Excellence in Electrical Engineering (2002)
  • NSF Young Investigator Award (NYI) (1994)
  • Emerson-Keyes Faculty Advancement Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Princeton University (1994)

Selected Publications

  1. A.B. Wagner, P. Viswanath, S.R. Kulkarni, "Probability Estimation in the Rare-Events Regime," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory , Vol. 57, No. 6, pp. 3207-3229, June, 2011.

  2. G. Wang, S.R. Kulkarni, H.V. Poor, D. Osherson, "Aggregating Large Sets of Probabilistic Forecasts by Weighted Coherent Adjustment," Decision Analysis , Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 128-144, June, 2011.

  3. A. Jain, S.R. Kulkarni, S. Verdu, "Multicasting in Large Wireless Networks: Bounds on the Minimum Energy per Bit," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory , Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 14-32, January, 2011.

  4. H. Zheng, S.R. Kulkarni, H.V. Poor, "Attribute-distributed Learning: Models, Limits and Algorithms," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing , Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 386-398, January, 2011.

  5. F. Perez-Cruz and S.R. Kulkarni, "Robust and Low Complexity Distributed Kernel Least Squares Learning in Sensor Networks," IEEE Signal Processing Letters , Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 355-358, April, 2010.

  6. J. B. Predd, R. Seiringer, E. J. Lieb, D. Osherson, S.R. Kulkarni, H.V. Poor, Probabilistic Coherence and Proper Scoring Rules", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory , Vol. 55, No. 10, pp. 4786-4792, October, 2009.

  7. G. Harman, S.R. Kulkarni, Precis of Reliable Reasoning: Induction and Statistical Learning Theory" and Response to Shafer, Thagard, Strevens, and Hanson," Abstracta, Special Issue III , pp. 5-9, 47-56, 2009.

  8. C.-C. Wang, S.R. Kulkarni, H.V. Poor, Finding All Small Error-Prone Substructures in LDPC Codes", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory , Vol. 55, No. 5, pp. 19761998, May, 2009;

  9. Q. Wang, S.R. Kulkarni, and S. Verdu, Divergence estimation for multi-dimensional distributions via k -nearest-neighbor distances", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory , Vol. 55, No. 5, pp. 2392-2405, May 2009.

  10. J.B. Predd, S.R. Kulkarni, H.V. Poor, A Collaborative Training Algorithm for Distributed Learning", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory , Vol. 55, No. 4, pp. 1856-1871, April, 2009.

  11. J. Deng, Y.S. Han, S.R. Kulkarni, Can Multiple Subchannels Improve the Delay Performance of RTS/CTS-based MAC Schemes?", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications , Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 1591-1596, April, 2009;

  12. J.B. Predd, D. Osherson, S.R. Kulkarni, H.V. Poor, Aggregating Forecasts of Chance from Incoherent and Abstaining Experts", Decision Analysis , Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 177-189, December, 2008.

  13. A.P. George, W.B. Powell, and S.R. Kulkarni, Value Function Approximation Using Hierarchical Aggregation or Multiattribute Resource Management", Journal of Machine Learning Research , Vol. 9, pp.2079-2111, October, 2008.

  14. H. Li, P. R. Barbosa, E. K. P. Chong, J. Hannig, and S. R. Kulkarni, Zero-error target tracking with limited communication", IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, special issue on Control and Communications , Vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 686-694, May, 2008.

  15. A.C. Lozano, S.R. Kulkarni, P. Viswanath, Throughput Scaling in Wireless Networks with Restricted Mobility", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications , Vol. 6, No. 2, Feb. 2007.