Arvind Narayanan

Arvind Narayanan
PhD Candidate
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Minnesota

Office: Digital Technology Center Suite 488

Email: <first_name> (at) cs (dot) umn (dot) edu  ||  naray111 (at) umn (dot) edu
Skype: arvind__ (two underscores)
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Arvind's research interests cover the broad areas of 5G mobile networking, emerging scalable network architectures (such as NFVs), network data science and content distribution networks (CDNs). More specifically, his research involves tackling challenges in understanding and improving the performance of emerging 5G networks and developing novel techniques based on network (and edge) function virtualization to support future 5G network architectures and services. Last but not the least, another dimension of Arvind's research is to harness the power of data to address challenges in computer networks (e.g. content caching, improving 5G applications' QoE) using applied machine and deep learning. He is advised by Professor Zhi-Li Zhang and Professor Feng Qian.

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  1. A Variegated Look at 5G in the Wild: Performance, Power, and QoE Implications (to appear)
    Arvind Narayanan, Xumiao Zhang, Ruiyang Zhu, Ahmad Hassan, Shuowei Jin, Xiao Zhu, Xiaoxuan Zhang, Denis Rybkin, Zhengxuan Yang, Z. Morley Mao, Feng Qian, Zhi-Li Zhang
    ACM SIGCOMM 2021, Virtual Event, USA, August, 2021

  2. [Whitepaper] A Collaborative Crowdsourced User-Carrier-App Ecosystem to Enable Next Generation Wireless Research
    Zhi-Li Zhang, Feng Qian, Arvind Narayanan, Z. Morley Mao
    NSF Workshop WOMBIR 2021, Virtual Event, USA, January, 2021

  3. Lumos5G: Mapping and Predicting Commercial mmWave 5G Throughput
    Arvind Narayanan, Eman Ramadan, Rishabh Mehta, Xinyue Hu, Qingxu Liu, Rostand A. K. Fezeu, Udhaya Kumar Dayalan, Saurabh Verma, Peiqi Ji, Tao Li, Feng Qian, Zhi-Li Zhang
    ACM IMC 2020, Virtual Event, USA, October, 2020
    For datasets and other resources: visit

  4. [Poster] 5G Tracker - A Crowdsourced Platform to Enable Research Using Commercial 5G Services
    Arvind Narayanan, Eman Ramadan, Jacob Quant, Peiqi Ji, Feng Qian, Zhi-Li Zhang
    ACM SIGCOMM 2020, Virtual Event, USA, August, 2020
    To view 5Gophers (a 5G coverage and performance mapping initiative): visit

  5. NFV Performance Profiling on Multi-core Servers
    Peng Zheng, Wendi Feng, Arvind Narayanan, Zhi-Li Zhang
    IFIP Networking 2020, Virtual Event/Paris, France, June, 2020

  6. A First Look at Commercial 5G Performance on Smartphones
    Arvind Narayanan, Eman Ramadan, Jason Carpenter, Qingxu Liu, Yu Liu, Feng Qian, Zhi-Li Zhang
    WWW 2020, Virtual Event/Taiwan, Taipei, April, 2020
    For datasets and other resources: visit

  7. Web-Based Perceived Present Control Intervention for Voice Disorders: A Pilot Study
    Viann N. Nguyen-Feng, Patricia A. Frazier, Ali Stockness, Arvind Narayanan, Addie N. Merians, Stephanie Misono
    Journal of Voice, March, 2020

  8. [Poster] Towards a Scalable, Flexible and High Performance NFV Execution Model (Best Poster Runner-Up Award)
    Peng Zheng, Arvind Narayanan, Zhi-Li Zhang
    ACM CoNEXT 2019, Orlando, FL, USA, December, 2019

  9. A Closer Look at NFV Execution Models
    Peng Zheng, Arvind Narayanan, Zhi-Li Zhang
    APNET 2019, Beijing, China, August, 2019

  10. Mining Latent Patterns in geoMobile Data via EPIC
    Arvind Narayanan, Saurabh Verma, Zhi-Li Zhang
    Springer, WWWJ, July, 2019

  11. Making Content Caching Policies 'Smart' using the DeepCache Framework
    Arvind Narayanan, Saurabh Verma, Eman Ramadan, Pariya Babaie, Zhi-Li Zhang
    ACM SIGCOMM'18 CCR, October, 2018

  12. DeepCache: A Deep Learning Based Framework For Content Caching (Best Paper Award)
    Arvind Narayanan, Saurabh Verma, Eman Ramadan, Pariya Babaie, Zhi-Li Zhang
    ACM SIGCOMM'18 Workshops (NetAI), Budapest, Hungary, August, 2018

  13. OpenCDN: An ICN-Based Open Content Distribution System using Distributed Actor Model
    Arvind Narayanan, Eman Ramadan, Zhi-Li Zhang
    IEEE INFOCOM'18 Workshops (IECCO), Honolulu, HI, USA, April, 2018

  14. Multi-Low-Rank Approximation for Traffic Matrices
    Saurabh Verma, Arvind Narayanan, Zhi-Li Zhang
    International Teletraffic Congress 29 (ITC'29), Genoa, Italy, September, 2017

  15. BIG Cache Abstraction for Cache Networks
    Eman Ramadan, Arvind Narayanan, Zhi-Li Zhang, Runhui Li and Gong Zhang
    IEEE ICDCS 2017, Atlanta, GA, USA, June, 2017

  16. Most Calls are Local (but Some are Regional): Dissecting Cellular Communication Patterns
    Arvind Narayanan, Saurabh Verma and Zhi-Li Zhang
    IEEE GLOBECOM 2016, Washington, DC, December, 2016

  17. Mining Spatial-Temporal geoMobile Data via Feature Distributional Similarity Graph
    Arvind Narayanan, Saurabh Verma and Zhi-Li Zhang
    ACM MobiSys'16 Workshops (MobiData), Singapore, June, 2016

  18. Position Estimation of Robotic Mobile Nodes in Wireless Testbed using GENI
    A. Abdelhadi, F. Rechia, A. Narayanan, T. Teixeira, R. Lent, D. Benhaddou, H. Lee, T. Clancy
    IEEE SysCon 2016, Orlando, FL, 2016

  19. [Poster] Voice, Distress, and Perceived Control: Technology-Based Intervention
    S. Misono, A. Merians, C.B. Peterson, A. Narayanan, K.O. Lim, P.A. Frazier
    ISRII 8th Scientific Meeting, Seattle, WA, April, 2016

  20. CONIA: Content (Provider)-Oriented, Namespace-Independent Architecture for Multimedia Information Delivery
    Eman Ramadan, Arvind Narayanan, Zhi-Li Zhang
    IEEE ICME'15 Workshops (MuSIC), Torino, Italy, July, 2015

Work Experience

  1. Network Data Scientist Intern, AI & Cognitive Systems, Cisco, San Jose, CA, July 2017 - May 2018
  2. Research Intern, IP Lab, FutureWei Technologies (Huawei Research Center), Santa Clara, CA, October 2016 - January 2017
  3. Research Intern, Future Network Theory Lab, Huawei Technologies, Hong Kong, August 2016 - September 2016
  4. Engineering Intern, HAMR Team, Seagate Technologies, Bloomington, MN, May 2013 - August 2013
  5. Intern, Center of Excellence, WIPRO, Bangalore, India, August 2011
  6. Freelancer, Desi Hosting, Mumbai, India, 2005 - 2012


  1. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Computer Science, University of Minnesota, (expected) Summer 2021
  2. Masters of Science (M.S.), Computer Science, University of Minnesota, 2014
  3. Bachelors of Engineering, Computer Engineering, University of Mumbai, 2011


Travel Grants & Scholarships

  1. USD 850 by The Linux Foundation to attend ONAP Academic Summit 2018, New York City
  2. USD 250 to attend GENI Regional Workshop 2015, Chicago
  3. ~USD 2100 to attend FGRE 2015 Research Summit, Ghent, Belgium
  4. ~USD 2000 by Verisign Labs to participate in the Hackathon @ TNW Europe'14, Amsterdam
  5. USD 1000 to attend IEEE SPS IoT/M2M Summer School, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  6. USD 450 to attend GENI Summer Camp, Iowa State University
  7. INR 50000 scholarship from Tatachem Golden Jubilee Foundation to travel abroad for higher education.

Selected Endeavors

  1. VIDYALANKARLIVE, Mumbai, India
    Founder, Core developer, and Mentor
    Created an academic oriented social networking website which started as a 50 member online community but now acts as a 6500+ member official intra-portal of my undergraduate college receiving over 150 thousand hits a day. This project has won many international awards, gained appreciations from eminent citizens and received media coverage.

  2. Sana Mobile, Mumbai, India
    Member of Sana-VIT technical team that collaborated with members of Sana Mobile, a volunteer research group at CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, in establishing an emergency medical referral system for maternal and new born health in 3 pilot hospitals in Mumbai.

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