Nitin H Vaidya

Nitin H Vaidya
Nitin H Vaidya
Adjunct Professor

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  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2/1/1993


Nitin Vaidya received the Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held visiting positions at Argonne National Labs, Technicolor Paris Lab, TU-Berlin, IIT-Bombay, Microsoft Research, and Sun Microsystems, as well as a faculty position at the Texas A&M University. Nitin Vaidya has co-authored papers that received awards at several conferences, including 2015 SSS, 2007 ACM MobiHoc and 1998 ACM MobiCom. He is a fellow of the IEEE. He presently serves the Chair of the Steering Committee for the ACM PODC conference, and has previously served as Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and Editor-in-Chief for ACM SIGMOBILE publication MC2R. More information at

Teaching Statement

My teaching interests are in the area of distributed computing and networking.

Research Statement

Research on distributed algorithms and systems.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Prof. Vaidya's research group conducts research in the area of distributed algorithms and systems. Opportunities are sometimes available for undergraduate students interested in working on distributed systems. Suitable students will have taken ECE 428/CS 425 and preferably CS 374.

Research Interests

  • Fault-Tolerant Computing
  • Distributed algorithms

Research Areas

  • Communication networks
  • Computer networking
  • Computer security, privacy, and information trust
  • Distributed algorithms
  • Distributed and peer-to-peer systems
  • Fault tolerance and reliability

Research Topics


  • 2006-2007, Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Communications Society.
  • 2005, Appointed as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (3 year term)
  • 2004, Appointed as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review
  • 2000-2001, 3M Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • 1998-2001, Distinguished Visitor Program speaker, IEEE computer Society
  • 1996 TEES Select Young Investigator Award, Texas A&M University
  • 1995 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation

Teaching Honors

  • 1999 Graduate Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, presented by Computer Science students at Texas A&M University (April 1999)

Research Honors

  • Best Student Paper Award, Vartika Bhandari and N. H. Vaidya, ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), September 2007.
  • 2003 Best Paper Award, Eighth International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications, Venice, Sept. 2003.
  • 1999 Faculty Research Excellence Award, presented by Computer Science students at Texas A&M University, April 1999
  • 1998 Best Student Paper Award, Young-Bae Ko and Nitin Vaidya, Fourth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MOBICOM), October 1998
  • 1995 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 425 (ECE 428) - Distributed Systems
  • ECE 526 - Distributed Algorithms