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
Skype: arvind__ (two underscores)


Arvind's research interests include network functions (both traditional L2/L3/L4-based and modern day application-level NFs), volumetric content delivery, and applied machine learning and deep learning in computer networking and distributed applications. Arvind is advised by Professor Zhi-Li Zhang and Professor Feng Qian.


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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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
    (in press) Journal of Voice, September, 2018

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

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

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

  8. BIG Cache Abstraction for Cache Networks
    Eman Ramadan, Arvind Narayanan, Zhi-Li Zhang, Runhui Li and Gong Zhang
    The 37th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS'17), Atlanta, GA, USA, June, 2017

  9. Most Calls are Local (but Some are Regional): Dissecting Cellular Communication Patterns
    Arvind Narayanan, Saurabh Verma and Zhi-Li Zhang
    In Proc. the IEEE Global Communication Conference 2016 (IEEE Globecom'16), Washington, DC, December, 2016

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

  11. 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
    In IEEE Systems Conference (SysCon'16), Orlando, FL, 2016

  12. 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 (Poster)

  13. CONIA: Content (Provider)-Oriented, Namespace-Independent Architecture for Multimedia Information Delivery
    Eman Ramadan, Arvind Narayanan, Zhi-Li Zhang
    In ICME Workshops (MuSIC), 2015 IEEE International Conference, 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, 2006 - 2012


  1. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Computer Science, University of Minnesota, 2014 - present
  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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