Akhil Mathur

Akhil Mathur

Research Scientist

Bell Labs Cambridge


I currently work at Bell Labs in Cambridge, United Kingdom where I do research on Mobile Sensing and Embedded Deep Learning. My current focus is on developing techniques to improve the robustness and execution latency of deep learning algorithms on constrained IoT devices. My work has a strong focus on building novel mobile systems, and validating their efficacy through user feedback.

For my research, I have been awarded Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards at ACM CHI '09, ACM MobileHCI '13, mBillionth Award South Asia 2013, and the Wolfond fellowship at the University of Toronto. My work has been covered by several media organizations including the New Yorker, Financial Times, Livemint and CBC.

I hold a research-based Masters in Computer Science from the University of Toronto where my advisor was Prof. Ravin Balakrishnan. I received my undergraduate degree B.Tech in Information and Communication Technology, from DA-IICT (India), where I was awarded the President's Gold Medal. I have also collaborated on research projects with some amazing people from Microsoft Research India, Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Professional Experience

Research Scientist, Bell Labs Cambridge

Pervasive Systems Department (March '17 - Present)

Researcher, Bell Labs Ireland

Internet of Things (IoT) Department (May '14 - Feb '17)

Researcher, Bell Labs India

Enabling Computing Technologies (ECT) Department (Feb '11 - May '14)

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Toronto

Advisor: Dr. Ravin Balakrishnan (Sept '09 - Jan '11)

Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research India

Technology for Emerging Markets Group (May '10 - Aug '10)

Research Intern, Microsoft Research India

Advanced Development Group (Jan '09 - July '09)

Undergraduate Research Assistant, UC Berkeley

Advisors: Dr. Matthew Kam, Dr. John Canny (May '07 - Dec '08)


University of Toronto, Canada (Jan '11)

M.S., Computer Science

Completed M.S. in Computer Science with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. I was a member of the Interaction Research Group (IRG) and my research advisor was Prof. Ravin Balakrishnan .

Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT (DA-IICT), India (May '09)

B.Tech., Information and Communication Technology

Graduated with GPA of 9.72/10. Awarded President's Gold Medal for securing Rank 1 in a class of 240 students. Gold Medal

Selected Publications

[P24] Mathur A., Zhang, T., Bhattacharya, S., Veličković, P., Joffe, L., Lane, N. D., Kawsar F, Lió, P. "A Deep Data Augmentation Training Method to Address Software and Hardware Heterogeneities in Wearable and Smartphone Sensing Devices”. IPSN 2018.

[P23] Mathur A., Lane, N. D., Bhattacharya, S., Boran, A., Forlivesi, C., Kawsar, F. "DeepEye: Resource efficient local execution of multiple deep vision models using wearable commodity hardware". ACM Mobisys 2017.

[P22] Lane, N. D., Bhattacharya, S., Mathur A., Georgiev, P., Forlivesi, C., Kawsar, F. "Squeezing Deep Learning into Mobile and Embedded Devices". IEEE Pervasive Magazine 2017.

[P21] Mathur A., Kalanadhabhatta L.M., Majethia R., Kawsar F. "Moving Beyond Market Research: Demystifying Smartphone User Behavior in India". ACM IMWUT/Ubicomp 2017.

[P20] Lane, N., Bhattacharya, S., Mathur A., Forlivesi, C., Kawsar, F. "Dxtk: Enabling resource-efficient deep learning on mobile and embedded devices with the DeepX toolkit". EAI MobiCase 2016.

[P19] Mashhadi, A., Mathur A., Van den Broeck, M., Vanderhulst, G., Kawsar, F. "Understanding the impact of personal feedback on face-to-face interactions in the workplace". ACM ICMI 2016. (Best Paper Nominee)

[P18] Mathur A., Lane N.D., Kawsar F. "Engagement-aware computing: Modelling user engagement from mobile contexts”. ACM Ubicomp 2016.

[P17] Mathur A., Kawsar F. "The Need to Account for Geographical Diversities in Mobile Data Research”. MobiData @ MobiSys 2016.

[P16] Montanari A., Mashhadi A., Mathur A., Kawsar F. "Understanding the Privacy Design Space for Personal Connected Objects”. ACM BritishHCI 2016.

[P15] Mathur A., Broeck M., Vanderhulst G., Mashhadi A., and Kawsar F. "Tiny Habits in the Giant Enterprise: Understanding the Dynamics of a Quantified Workplace". ACM UbiComp 2015.

[P14] Mathur A., Broeck M., Vanderhulst G., Mashhadi A., and Kawsar F. "Quantified Workplace: Opportunities and Challenges". Physical Analytics Workshop @ MobiSys 2015.

[P13] Mashhadi A., Mathur A., Kawsar F. The Myth of Subtle Notifications. ACM Ubicomp 2014.

[P12] Mathur A., Jaiswal S. Exploring the Interplay between Community Media and Mobile Web in Developing Regions. ACM MobileHCI 2013. (Best Paper Honorable Mention Award) Gold Medal

[P11] Mathur A., Agarwal S., Jaiswal S. Exploring Playback and Recording of Web-based Audio Media on Low-End Feature Phones. ACM DEV 2012.

[P10] Samdaria N., Mathur A., Balakrishnan R. Paying in Kind for Crowdsourcing Work in Developing Regions. Pervasive 2012 (Best Paper Nominee)

[P9] Kumar N., Mathur A., Lal S. Banking 101: Mobile-izing financial inclusion in an emerging India. Bell Labs Technical Journal, Human Sciences and User Experience Edition, 2012

[P8] Mathur A., Majumder A., Datta S., Menon S. LifeView: A Lifelog Visualization Tool for Supporting Sentimental Recall and Sharing. ACM OzCHI 2012

[P7] Mathur A., Ramachandran D., Cutrell E., Balakrishnan R. An Exploratory Study on the Use of Cameraphones and Pico Projectors in Rural India. ACM MobileHCI 2011

[P6] Hutchful D., Mathur A., Joshi A., Cutrell A. Cloze: An Authoring Tool for Teachers with Low Computer Proficiency. IEEE/ACM ICTD '10

[P5] Kam M., Mathur A., Kumar A., Canny J. Designing Digital Games for Rural Children: A Study of Traditional Village Games in India. ACM CHI '09 (Best Paper Honorable Mention Award) Gold Medal

[P4] Kam M., Kumar A., Jain S., Mathur A., Canny J. Improving Literacy in Rural India: Cellphone Games in an After-School Program. IEEE/ACM ICTD '09

[P3] Kam M., Agarwal A., Kumar A., Lal S., Mathur A., Tewari A., Canny J. Designing E-Learning Games for Rural Children in India: A Format for Balancing Learning with Fun. ACM DIS '08

[P2] Kam M., Bhagwani S., Kumar A., Lal S., Mathur A., Tewari A., Canny J. The Social Complexities of User-Centered Design in ICTD: Experiences from Four Schools in India's Villages and Slums. IEEE/ACM ICTD '07

[P1] Tewari A., Kumar A., Mathur A., Lal S., Kam M., Canny J. Mobile Games for Learning English in Rural India: Designing Cellphone Games Informed by Traditional Games. 3rd Digital Games Research Association International Conference (DIGRA'07)


  • Context-Based Local Content Sponsoring Decisions (Pending)
  • User profiling for location based advertising (Pending)
  • Context-based Processing of Interaction Events (Pending)
  • Resource Sharing Between Devices In A Wireless Network (Pending)
  • Monitoring of Attacks on Bluetooth Beacon Devices (Pending)
  • Methods and Systems for Multimodal Interaction (Pending)
  • Privacy Ratings for Applications of Mobile Terminals (Pending)
  • System And Method For Providing And Controlling Visual Display Useful For Remote Control Of A Variety Of Devices (Pending)
  • System And Method Of Account Access Notification (Pending)

Awards and Fellowships

  • Best Paper Nomination at ACM ICMI 2016
  • Outstanding Achiever of the Year at Bell Labs Ireland, 2014
  • Won the mBillionth Award South Asia 2013, given for innovations in mobile and telecom domains.
  • MobileHCI 2013 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award
  • CHI 2009 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award
  • President Gold Medal for securing 1st rank in DA-IICT B.Tech Class of 2009

  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2010
  • Wolfond Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2009
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2009