Debasis Mitra


1332 S.W. Mudd
Mail Code 4712

Tel(212) 851-9251
Fax(212) 932-9421

Debasis Mitra’s current research interest is in understanding, through use of data, models and analyses, the organizations, policies, and regulations that impact engineers and engineering systems. Examples of his research areas are network neutrality, network economics, the science and management of innovations and knowledge-creation. In the recent past his research has been in traffic engineering of communication networks, cooperative inter-networking, planning for network infrastructure and network resource sharing.

Research Interests

Internet economics, industrial organizations, network science and engineering, mathematics of systems, stochastic systems, queuing theory

Debasis Mitra received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from London University in 1967, and a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from London University in 1964. He joined Bell Labs as a Member of Technical Staff in 1968, and remained there till 2013. He joined Columbia University as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2013.


  • Member of Technical Staff, Mathematical Sciences Research Center, Bell Labs, Murray Hill NJ, 1968 - 1986
  • Head, Mathematics of Networks and Systems Department, Mathematical Sciences Research, Bell Labs, 1986 – 1999
  • Director (later, Vice President), Mathematical Sciences Research, Bell Labs, 1999-2007
  • Debasis Mitra directed work in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, complex systems analysis and optimization, statistics, information & communication sciences and operations research.
  • Visiting McKay Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 1984
  • Taught course on parallel processing
  • Albert Winsemius Professor at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, 2003


  • Vice President, Chief Scientist’s Office, Bell Labs, 2008-2013
  • National Academies’ Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group, 2016 -
  • IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal Committee, 2019-2020
  • National Academies Panel on Information Sciences at the Army Research Laboratory, 2009-2015
  • Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, 2011-2012
  • Army Research Office, Board of Visitors, Mathematical Sciences Division Review, 2016
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology’s panel to assess Information Technology Laboratory, 2009-2010
  • Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies, 2006-2010
  • Chair, Telecom Review Panel of the N.J. Commission on Jobs Growth and Economic Development, 2003
  • A*STAR Review Panel on Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore, 2010-2011
  • Chair, Mathematics Advisory Committee, Science Foundation of Ireland, 2006
  • Advisory Committee, Center for Energy Efficient Telecommunications, University of Melbourne, 2010- 2013
  • IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award Committee, Member 2001-2003, Chair 2004-2005, Past Chair 2006
  • IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award Committee, 2004-2006
  • IEEE COMSOC Award Committee, 2010-2013
  • Awards Committee of the ACM SIGMETRICS professional society, member 2013-2016, chair 2017
  • Operations Research, area editor for Telecommunications and Networking, 2003-2007
  • IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, editorial board, 1993-1998
  • Queuing Systems (QUESTA), editorial board, 1992-2003
  • IEEE Transactions on Communications, editorial board, 1991-1993
  • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, editorial board, 1991-1993
  • Performance Evaluation, editorial board, 1991-2001


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)


  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2003
  • Bell Labs Fellow, 2003
  • IEEE Life Fellow, 2010
  • ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award, 2012
  • Arne Jensen Lifetime Achievement Award, International Teletraffic Congress, 2012
  • IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, 1998
  • Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award, IEEE Trans. Communications, 1992
  • Guillemin-Cauer Prize Paper Award, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, 1981
  • ACM SIGMETRICS/Performance Conference Award for Best Paper, 1995
  • The Bell System Technical Journal Award, 1981
  • Institution Premium Award for Best Publication, Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK), 1966


  • D Mitra, Q Wang and A Hong, “Emerging Internet Content and Service Providers’ Relationships: Models and Analyses of Engineering, Business and Policy Impact”, Proc. IEEE INFOCOM 2017, May 2017
  • S Lanning, D Mitra, Q Wang, M Wright, “Optimal planning for optical transport networks”, Phil. Trans. Royal Society, 358 (1773), 2000, 2183-2196 
  • A I Elwalid, D Mitra, “Effective bandwidth of general Markovian traffic sources and admission control of high speed networks”, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (TON) 1 (3), 1993, 329-343
  • D Mitra,  “Asymptotically optimal design of congestion control for high speed data networks”, IEEE Transactions on Communications 40 (2), 1992, 301-311
  • B Lubachevsky, D Mitra, “A chaotic asynchronous algorithm for computing the fixed point of a nonnegative matrix of unit spectral radius”, Journal of the ACM (JACM) 33 (1), 1986, 130-150
  • D Mitra, F Romeo, A Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, “Convergence and finite-time behavior of simulated annealing”, Advances in Applied Probability 18 (3), 1986, 747-771
  • D Anick, D Mitra, M M Sondhi, “Stochastic Theory of a Data‐Handling System with Multiple Sources”, Bell Labs Technical Journal 61 (8), 1982, 1871-1894
  • D Mitra, “The absolute stability of high-order discrete-time systems utilizing the saturation nonlinearity”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems 25 (6), 1978, 365-371
  • M M Sondhi, D Mitra, “New results on the performance of a well-known class of adaptive filters”, Proc. IEEE 64 (11), 1976, 1583-1597
  • B Gopinath, D Mitra, “When are transistors passive?”, Bell System Technical Journal, 50 (8), 1971, 2835-2847