My father is a well-known Tamil writer
(pen name: Umachandran, author of the award winning novel
"Mullum Malarum" in the
which was made into a
My older brother
is a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the State of Tamilnadu, India
(previously, he was the Director General of Police
for the Tamilnadu State).
I am married to
and we have two children
As of 7/30/2017, I have a new status in life...a grandpa...Shalini
and her husband Sunil have given me this status boost through their baby
On 6/25/2022, they doubled my status with the birth of their baby girl Shambavi.
I am an avid squash player, and can be arm-twisted to hold a tennis
racket every once in a while!
Check out my daughter's assessment (at age 9) of how I look by clicking
Check out what I did during the winter break (2009-2010) by clicking
I received my Ph. D.
in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1986
under the direction of
Since then I have been with Georgia Tech (home of the yellow jackets),
where currently I am a Professor in the College of Computing.
Recently, I led a faculty team that defined the curriculum and the
implementation for an online MS program in Computer Science
using MOOC technology for the College of Computing,
which is currently providing an opportunity for students
to pursue a low-cost graduate education in
computer science internationally.
In the past, I have served as the Director of
from 2007 to 2014 (collaborative research between Samsung and Georgia Tech), and as the Director of
Korean Programs for the College of Computing from 2007 to 2011 (offering an MS in Embedded Software in S. Korea
funded by the South Korean Government aimed at students coming from leading industries
such as Samsung and LG).
For two years (July 2003 to August 2005) I served as the Chair of the
Core Computing Division within the College of Computing.
My research interests are in the area of
architectural design, programming, and
analysis of parallel and distributed systems.
Currently, I am leading a project that deals with
large-scale situation awareness using distributed
camera networks and multi-modal sensing with applications
to surveillance, connected vehicles, and transportation.
In the past, I have been involved in the design and evaluation of
several large experimental systems including Clouds,
(joint with (RIP) Compaq
Cambridge Research Lab),
(sensor-based distributed computing).
I received a Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award from the
National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1990, the Georgia Tech Doctoral
Thesis Advisor Award in 1993, the College of Computing Outstanding Senior
Research Faculty Award in 1996, the College of Computing Dean's Award in 2003 and 2014,
William A. "Gus" Baird Faculty Teaching Award
from the College of
Computing in 2004,
Peter A. Freeman Faculty Award
from the College of Computing in 2009 and in 2013,
Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
from the College of Computing in 2014,
and became an
My PhD Lineage
for 2020 ACM Turing Award winner Jeff Ullman's progeny)