Saumitra is a PhD student in the department of Electrical and Computer engineering at the University of Florida. He is currently a Graduate Research Assistant under mentor-ship of Dr.Renato Figueiredo. His current research focus is on software designed overlay connectivity solutions and in related aspects of distributed systems design.
He has been involved in the efforts to extend the functionalities of IPOP project and is currently working on Personet- a personal-scalable L2/L3 overlay network. He is striving to find solutions to address challenges foreseen in topology management, routing and bootstrapping new nodes in Personet's implementation. He was also involved in the initial design and implementation of GrapleR, a distributed simulation test-bed for lake ecology research.