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Dr. S Sudarshan

1987 - B.Tech - Computer Science Professor & Subrao M. Nilekani Chair Professor Department of Computer Science and Engineering, @ IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

Prof. S. Sudarshan received his B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987, and completed his Ph.D from the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992. After working for 3 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, NJ, USA, he joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay in 1995, where he is the current Subrao M. Nilekani Chair Professor. He was the Head of the Department from 2013-2016.

Prof. Sudarshan is widely recognized among computer scientists for his vast knowledge and rich experience in the area of database systems. He has built a variety of software systems, one of which is used in a large number telephone switches manufactured by Lucent USA. He is a co-author of the internationally best-selling textbook “Database System Concepts”, which is now in its 6th edition and translated into 4 languages. He has made foundational and impactful research contributions to a variety of areas within database systems over the last two decades. His research contributions in the areas of query optimization, and keyword search on semi-structured data are highly cited, and have earned him the “Influential Paper Award” at the IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) 2012, one of the top 4 conferences in the area of database systems, as well as the Best Paper award at COMAD 2012. Several of his papers have been selected as among the best papers at top conferences, and invited for publication in journals. He is among the most highly cited computer scientists in India, with a total of 12,000+ citations, and an h-index of 43, as per Google Scholar. He is a Fellow of the ACM, USA, as well as Fellow of INAE and NASI.

His work has been recognized through a number of awards and accolades including the IBM Faculty Award in 2001 and 2006, and the Bell Labs President’s Silver Award, 1999. He was a Member Board of Trustees, Very Large Data Base (VLDB) Foundation (2010-2016), and an Advisory Committee Member for the Proceedings of the VLDB Foundation, in addition to being Associate Editor of ACM TODS, and IEEE TKDE.

For his laudable commitment to excellence in database system sciences, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Prof. S. Sudarshan.

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