I lead a team of researchers in the Blockchain and Smart Contracts Group at IBM Research - India. Prior to that I was a part of the Distributed Systems Research Group working on problems related to cloud computing. My research interests are broadly in the analysis, performance management, and optimization of distributed systems and networks. My current work spans different aspects of blockchain technology, including developing an enterprise-grade blockchain platform, development of smart contracts, and reimagining industry use cases in a blockchain world.
I was selected as part of 'Best of IBM' for 2017. I am a Master Inventor, member of IBM Academy of Technology, an ACM Eminent Speaker, and an IEEE Senior Member. I obtained my PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in September 2010, advised by Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher. My PhD thesis was on Feasible Region Calculus, a fundamental theoretical analysis of timing issues in distributed systems. I received my B.Tech and M.Tech degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, in Computer Science and Engineering.
I am a recipient of the best paper award at the Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems 2009, the best student paper award at the Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems 2007, the Vodafone fellowship for the academic year 2007-08, the Andrew and Shana Laursen fellowship for the year 2005-06, and the C.L. and Jane Liu award from the Department of Computer Science at UIUC in 2007.
I have received awards from IBM India University Relations for excellent contributions to University Relations Programs in 2014 and 2015. I am currently co-teaching an online blockchain course together with Prof. Sandip Chakraborty on the NPTEL platform. The course has over 21000 registrants and was covered in the press.
Projects that I have led or co-led have been in the press:
- "IBM and Maersk are Creating a New Blockchain Company", Fortune
- "Blockchain: A Better Way to Track Pork Chops, Bonds, Bad Peanut Butter?", NYTimes
- "IBM Launches Blockchain Accelerator Program", IBM
- "Dubai government, companies team up with IBM on blockchain project", Reuters
- "Bank consortia look to distributed ledgers and smart contracts to rewire trade finance", Finextra
- "Blockchain: The underlying Bitcoin technology that’s worth so much more", Firstpost