Venkatraman Ramakrishna is a senior researcher in IBM Research - India in Bangalore. Recently, he was on assignment as a research staff member in the IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation in Singapore.
Ramakrishna's current focus is on blockchain and smart contracting technology, and he has a particular interest in the performance, security, and privacy aspects of this technology. He has been involved in the development and testing of applications on the Hyperledger Fabric platform since its genesis in late 2015. He has also led the design and implementation of seminal use cases in the areas of trade-finance and KYC on the Fabric platform to serve prominent international banks and corporations. He has also been active in leading research and development in the performance measurement and analysis of Fabric and its applications.
Ramakrishna joined IBM Research - India as a Researcher in April 2011. Before joining IBM Research, he was a member of the Infrastructure team of Microsoft's Bing search engine in Redmond, WA.
Ramakrishna graduated with a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 2001. Subsequently he obtained an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, where his advisor was Professor Peter Reiher. His doctoral dissertation is titled "Policy Management and Interoperation Through Negotiation in Ubiquitous Computing."
Before joining the blockchain team in the India Lab, Ramakrishna was a member of the Telecom Research Group at IRL, and worked on projects that spanned the areas of mobile commerce, mobile and back-end analytics, security, identity management, and social networking. His research interests lay in the areas of mobile and ubiquitous computing, security, blockchain and smart contracts technology, service-oriented computing, and human-computer interaction.