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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 wireless channels. 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 techniques. 

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 (16.100) Circuit Theory I and II (16.201, 16.202) and Signals and Systems (16.362). 

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 University, India. 

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).


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