Varun Badrinath Krishna

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Varun Badrinath Krishna
Graduate Student
229 Coordinated Science Lab MC 228
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Power and Energy Systems - Interactions between computer networks and power networks, including cyber security, analysis, and design


Graduate Advisor

  • William H. Sanders (MS)
  • William H. Sanders (PHD)


  • National University of Singapore, B.Eng (Computer Engineering)
  • Stanford University and National University of Singapore (Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship)


Varun Badrinath Krishna is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and a research assistant in the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is advised by Prof. William H. Sanders, and is researching data-driven methods to improve resilience, trust, and efficiency in power grids. His work has won best paper awards at QEST 2015 and CRITIS 2015, the Rambus Computer Engineering Fellowship in 2017, and with IBM Research he has filed two U.S. patents as the primary inventor. His work has been supported by the Siebel Energy Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Varun was inducted into the Siebel Scholar Class of 2018 for academic, research and leadership excellence in energy sciences. He received a B.Eng. from the National University of Singapore in 2010 and a M.S. from UIUC in 2016. Between those degrees, he had worked as a research engineer for three years at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center and the Experimental Power Grid Centre in Singapore.

Academic Positions

  • Research Assistant, Information Trust Institute (August 2014-)
  • Research Affiliate, Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore (April 2012-)


Other Professional Employment

  • PhD Summer Intern, Cisco Systems Inc. (IoT Group), San Jose CA (May 2017-August 2017)
  • Research Intern, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights NY (May 2016-December 2016)
  • Sensor Data Analytics Intern, ABB US Corporate Research Center, Raleigh NC (May 2015-August 2015)
  • Software Engineer, Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore (April 2012-June 2014)
  • Research Engineer, Experimental Power Grid Centre, Singapore (March 2011-March 2012)

Research Areas

  • Computer security, privacy, and information trust
  • Decentralized and distributed control
  • Dynamic reconfiguration of systems for fault tolerance and mitigation
  • Fault tolerance and reliability
  • Intelligent devices and controls for electricity grids
  • Interactions between computer networks and power networks, including cyber security, analysis, and design
  • Machine learning
  • Machine learning and pattern recognition
  • Networked control systems
  • Scenarios for energy systems up to one hundred years into the future
  • System design for reliability

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Other Publications

Magazine Articles

Professional Societies

  • Member, Tau Beta Pi
  • Member, IEEE

Service on University Committees

  • Team Captain, Illini Dancesport (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
  • Assistant Coach, Illini Dancesport (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
  • Member, ECE Student Advancement Committee (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)
  • Member, Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee (Fall 2017 -)


Research Honors