Prof. Chandra's research interests are in developing
physical and computational models for analyzing the performance of wired and wireless communications networks. This research seeks to
identify and model features of network traffic at the application, transport and physical layers with the objective of better quantifying
the queueing and error performance observed at end systems
and network nodes. Her research group is currently investigating
problems on dynamic channel allocation for wireless systems,
performance models for RF spectrum sharing between licensed
and unlicensed sources in cognitive radios, development of real-time algorithms for various software radio platforms,
and measurements and methods for characterizing the impulse response of indoor
Prof. Chandra also works in the field of physical acoustics. In
this research, she has proposed computational models for strong scattering of ultrasonic waves. These models
apply Pade approximants to extend the region of convergence of classical Born approximation based
Dr. Chandra is currently serving as director of the National Science Foundation funded
GK-12 project: Vibes & Waves in Action at UMASS Lowell.
This five year project (2009- 2014) is a partnership between the University, three urban high schools:
Lowell High School in Lowell, MA., Lawrence High School for Math, Science and Technology and Lawrence High School for
Performing and Fine Arts in Lawrence MA.., and local industry. The program supports
graduate students engaged in Master's or Doctoral research programs on communicating their research to high school students in Physics
and Mathematics classrooms at the partner schools. .
Prof. Chandra teaches graduate courses on Probability and Random
Processes (16.584), Applied Stochastic Estimation (16.687),
Stochastic Models Performance of Wireless Networks (16.618), Modeling and Simulation
of Communication Networks (16.617), Stochastic Models, Linear Systems,
(16.509). Undergraduate courses include Introduction to ECE
Circuit Theory I and II (16.201, 16.202) and Signals and Systems
Prior to joining UMass Lowell, she was a senior member of technical staff at
AT&T Laboratories ('96-'98) and member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories ('94-'96) in the Teletraffic
and System Performance Department (Holmdel, NJ).
Prof. Chandra obtained the Eng.D (1992) and MS (Computer Engineering, 1987)
degrees from University of Massachusetts Lowell and BSEE (1985) from Bangalore
She is a Senior Member of IEEE and is a recipient of the NSF Career Award
(1998), Francis Cabot Lowell Young Alumni Award in Engineering (1998) and the Eta Kappa Nu
Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer (Honorable Mention) Award (1996).