Hari Balakrishnan is the Fujitsu Professor in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) department at MIT and leads the Networks and Mobile Systems group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He works closely with the CSAIL database group. He researches networked computer systems and has contributed to verifiable; internet routing; congestion control, network security, and privacy; energy-efficient protocols; stream processing, and data management systems. He is an ACM Fellow (2008), a Sloan Fellow (2002), an ACM dissertation award winner (1998), and has received several best-paper awards including the IEEE Bennett prize (2004) and the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2011). He has also received awards for excellence in teaching and research at MIT: the Harold Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award (2003), and the Jamieson (2012), Junior Bose (2002), and Spira (2001) teaching awards.
In 2003 Balakrishnan co-founded StreamBase Systems, the first high-performance commercial event stream processing (complex event processing) engine. Between 2000 and 2003, he helped devise the key algorithms for Sandburst Corporation's (acquired by Broadcom) high-speed network QoS chipset. He is an advisor to Meraki and on the Board of Trustees of IMDEA Networks in Spain.