Harish Chintakunta

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I received my B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in May 2006 with a focus on Communication systems, computer networks, solid state electronics, circuit design, and object oriented programming. I then moved to North Carolina State University, where I received my Master’s in Electrical Engineering in May 2008 with a concentration on communication systems, information theory, and estimation and detection theory. Finally, I received my PhD in Electrical Engineering from NCSU in May 2013. My dissertation is titled Topological analysis in sensor networks: Applications of algebraic topology and discrete geometry.

My research so far focused mostly on fidelity of deployment and operation in sensor networks. The motivation for the research stems from the observation that problems in this field can be posed purely in topological terms. Sensor networks also pose unique technical challenges due to limited resources available, and due to the need for distributed algorithms. My work has been to develop appropriate mathematical and computational tools to perform the required tasks efficiently, distributively, and with minimal information.

My long term research goals include introducing new mathematical tools and their applications to the engineering community, and to foster inter-disciplinary projects.


  • Harish Chintakunta and Hamid Krim, “Distributed localization of coverage holes using Topological Persistence”, submitted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. 2013. Preprint
  • Harish Chintakunta and Hamid Krim, “Distributed shape analysis using alpha and Delaunay-Cech shapes”, submitted for publication in special issue of Discrete Applied Mathematics. 2013. Preprint
  • Harish Chintakunta and Hamid Krim, “Distributed boundary tracking using Alpha and Delaunay-Cech shapes”, Demonstrated at International Conference on Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery, 2013. Preprint
  • Adam C. Wilkerson, Harish Chintakunta, Hamid Krim, Terrence J. Moore, and Ananthram Swami, “A Distributed Collapse of a Network’s Dimensionality”, Global Conference on Signal and Image Processing (GlobalSIP) 2013. GlobalSIP pdf
  • Jennifer Gamble, Harish Chintakunta, and Hamid Krim, “Applied topology in static and dynamic sensor networks”, Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM), 2012 International Conference on. IEEE, 2012. IEEE Xplore
  • Harish Chintakunta and Hamid Krim, “Detection and tracking of systematic time-evolving failures in sensor networks”, Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP), 2011 4th IEEE International Workshop on. IEEE, 2011. IEEE Xplore
  • Harish Chintakunta and Hamid Krim, “Divide and conquer: Localizing coverage holes in sensor networks”, Sensor Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON), 2010 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on. IEEE, 2010. IEEE Xplore