"The most interesting thing that I have learned is to conduct collaborative research, including joint publications and proposal writing."
How do you approach research? How long does it take to complete a paper?
If I want to research on a particular area, I first read the relevant articles in that area and try to get a feeling of what has been done in that area. I then narrow down to choosing a particular problem that seems to have lots of scope for future work. Once I choose a problem, I try to think of solutions first by myself. I then go to the literature and see if anyone else had already done that. If the idea has not been studied before, I start working on that idea, typically by beginning to implement the idea, generally in the form of code development and comparison with relevant existing algorithms/protocols. After I collect all the data (say from simulations), it usually takes me, 5-10 days, on average to start and finish a paper.
What are the most interesting or surprising things you have learned about since your arrival at your current workplace?
The most interesting thing that I have learned is to conduct collaborative research, including joint publications and proposal writing.
What topics have you been teaching so far?
I primarily teach Computer Networks (both at the undergraduate and graduate level) and the Computer Security courses.
What was your most successful moment?
The successful moment comes when my paper/proposal gets accepted. Irrespective of the number of papers I have in a particular area, I get very excited when I see a newly accepted paper/proposal.
Your recommendations and advice for young researchers who would like to pursue research in Mobile Ad hoc Networks?
Start with a simple algorithm or code and slowly increase the complexity - analyze the features, constraints and their fixes, etc. If you are graph theory specialist, you can at times be able to model an ad hoc network as a graph and analyze the properties in a centralized theoretical fashion to get the benchmarks and then go for distributed implementation.
What are the current research projects you are working on?
I am currently working on research projects related to mobile ad hoc networks, sensor networks, graph theory and computational biology. My current research projects have been funded by the U. S. National Science Foundation.
Were you inspired by a famous scientist or engineer?
I often have as role model, people who have come up in life/career on their own, with sheer hard work and perseverance. Many of my inspirations are from fields, other than academics.
What is your feeling about open-access publication? Do you recommend it?
Open-access publications are here to stay, especially when it comes to emerging areas. Yes, I recommend it.
And finally any hobbies?
Reading on the Internet and listening to songs.
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