SCS Lecture Series - Confessions of a Systems Researcher - Kishore Ramachandran

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Confessions of a Systems Researcher – Kishore Ramachandran, Professor – College of Computing – School of Computer Science , Georgia Tech


Friday, October 16, 2015 @ 2PM

Klaus 1116E & W


A “TGIF” will follow at 3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Klaus commons area overlooking the Atrium.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served.




What is systems research?  In this talk, I will present some views on what computer systems research is all about, how it has morphed over the decades, and highlight some of the most intriguing and game-changing systems research ideas that has brought us to this day in computing.  In doing so, I will borrow heavily from a recent one-day workshop called “History Day” conducted at SOSP 2015.  I will also mention in passing what is keeping me awake these days.



Professor Umakishore Ramachandran received his Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1986, and has been on the faculty of Georgia Tech since then.

For two years (July 2003 to August 2005) he served as the Chair of the Core Computing Division within the College of Computing. His fields of interest include parallel and distributed systems, computer architecture, and operating systems.  Thus far, 27 students have successfully completed their PhD dissertations under his tutelage. Currently, he is advising 5 PhD students and quite a few MS and UG students.  He is the recipient of an NSF PYI Award 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, the College of Computing William ``Gus'' Baird Teaching Award in 2004, the ``Peter A. Freeman Faculty Award" from the College of Computing in 2009 and in 2013, the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the College of Computing in 2014, and became an IEEE Fellow in 2014.   He is the faculty advisor for the GT students squash club!



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