Mahesh Banavar

Associate Professor
Department(s) / Center(s)

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mahesh  Banavar Headshot


I am an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University. I received the BE degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka, India in 2005, the MS degree and the PhD degree, both in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2007 and 2010, respectively. My research area is Signal Processing and Communications, and I am specifically working on Wireless Communications and Sensor Networks. I am a member of MENSA and the Eta Kappa Nu honor society.

I am also the director of the CoSiNe Lab at Clarkson University.

Education Background

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. - 2010 Arizona State University
Electrical Engineering M.S - 2007 Arizona State University
Telecommunications Engineering B.E. - 2005 Visvesvaraya Technological University

Courses Taught

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Systems and Signal Processing
  • Detection and Estimation Theory
  • Adaptive Signal Processing
  • Signal Processing and Applications
  • Digital Control

Teaching Interests

Digital Signal Processing, digital and wireless communications, statistical and adaptive signal processing, signals and systems

Research Interests

Signal processing, communications, machine learning, and applications including cybersecurity, behavioral biometrics, and continuous authentication


  • Clarkson University Outstanding Advisor Award, 2019
  • Outstanding Teaching Award - Clarkson University HKN - 2015-2016
  • Graduate Teaching Excellence Award (awarded by the Graduate and Professional Students Association, Arizona State University): Nominated thrice; won for the year 2008-2009.


  • M.K. Banavar, K. Mack, “Localization using wireless signals,” United States Patent 10,117,051, October 30, 2018.
  • Maximum Likelihood Localization in the Presence of Channel Uncertainties, U.S. Patent Grant No. US9507011B2, Publication 2016-11-29 (X. Zhang, C. Tepedelenlioglu, M.K. Banavar, A. Spanias,applicants).
  • Energy-Efficient Distributed Estimation using Nonlinear Amplifiers, U.S. Patent Grant No. US9461676B2, Publication 2016-10-04, (R. Santucci, C. Tepedelenlioglu, A. Spanias, M.K. Banavar, applicants).


  • B. Ayotte, M. Banavar, D. Hou and S. Schuckers, "Fast Free-text Authentication via Instance-based Keystroke Dynamics," in IEEE Transactions on Biometrics, Behavior, and Identity Science (T-BIOM), 2020.
  • D.M. Barry, H. Kanematsu, N. Ogawa, K. Nakahira, M. Banavar, S. Rivera, “STEM activities for exploring Mars using innovative e-learning,” Procedia Computer Science, vol. 159, pp. 1126-1134, 2019.
  • X. Zhang, C. Tepedelenlioglu, M.K. Banavar, A. Spanias, G. Muniraju, “Location Estimation and Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks in the Presence of Fading,” Physical Communications (PHYCOM), vol. 32, pp. 62-74, February 2019.
  • J. Sun, T. Yang, K.V. Mack, M.K. Banavar, “UNLOC: Optimal unfolding localization from noisy distance data,” Sampling Theory in Signal and Image Processing, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 183-195, 2018.



Office Phone Number: 315/268-3883

Office Location: 139 CAMP Building

Clarkson Box Number: CU Box 5720