Kishore Umakishore Ramachandran


Embedded Pervasive Lab
School of Computer Science
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

***In the News***

Best paper award in ACM/IFIP Middleware 2022 for MicroEdge

Cover story Communications of the ACM, October 2022 on the genesis of the OMSCS program at Georgia Tech (PDF) ;

Presentation (starts around 41 minutes into the video) on "Elevating the Edge to be a Peer of the Cloud" at the "Intelligent Edge" session, Microsoft Faculty Summit, 2018.

An interview on IoT Technology with .

GT Launches Cloud Hub

Textbook on Computer Systems:     (Info)     (Link to Amazon)     (Link to Pearson publishing)

External pages for courses I teach:

Personal trivia...

My father is a well-known Tamil writer (pen name: Umachandran, author of the award winning novel "Mullum Malarum" in the Kalki magazine, which was made into a hit movie starring Rajnikanth). My older brother R. Nataraj, 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 Vasanthi, and we have two children Hemant and Shalini. 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 boy Shashvat. On 6/25/2022, they doubled my status with the birth of their baby girl Shambavi. On 10/10/2023, my son Hemant and his wife Joanna tripled my status with the birth of their first baby boy Ashirvad. 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 here . Check out what I did during the winter break (2009-2010) by clicking here .

Professionally Speaking...

I received my Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1986 under the direction of Marvin Solomon. 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 (OMSCS) 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 STAR Center 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, Beehive, Stampede (joint with (RIP) Compaq Cambridge Research Lab), and ubiquitous presence (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, the William A. "Gus" Baird Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Computing 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.

My PhD Lineage (Click here for 2020 ACM Turing Award winner Jeff Ullman's progeny) Known PhD siblings Tracking my PhD Progeny
  1. Dr. Yousef Khalidi (1989) - Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corp.
  2. Dr. Joonwon Lee (1991) - Professor, Computer Systems Laboratory, School of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  3. Dr. Walter B. Ligon III (1992) - Associate Professor, Department of ECE, Clemson University, South Carolina
  4. Dr. Martin Davis (1992) - (e-mail: martin (at)
  5. Dr. Ajay Mohindra (1993) - IBM T.J.Watson Research Center
  6. Dr. Anand Sivasubramaniam (1995) - Professor, Department of CSE, Pennsylvania State University
  7. Dr. Vibby Gottemukkala (1995) - CAMPSYS Corp.
  8. Dr. Sreenivas Gukal (1995) - CA Technologies
  9. Dr. Gautam Shah (1995) - IBM Kingston (SP2 group)
  10. Dr. Aman Singla (1997) - Vice President - Engineering, QualComm Atheros
  11. Dr. Zachary Alan Kurmas (2004) - Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, Grand Valley State University
  12. Dr. Sameer Adhikari (2004) - Intel Corp.
  13. Dr. Arnab Paul (2005) - Intel Corp.
  14. Dr. Josh Fryman (2005) - Intel Corp.
  15. Dr. Matt Wolenetz (2005) - Google
  16. Dr. Rajnish Kumar (2006) - Founder/CTO, Verificient
  17. Dr. Nissim Harel (2006) - Faculty of Sciences, Holon Institute of Technology, Israel
  18. Dr. Xiang Song (2008) - Google
  19. Dr. Hasnain Mandviwala (2008) - VMware
  20. Dr. David Hilley (2009) - Google
  21. Dr. Nova Ahmed (2010) - Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, North South University, Bangladesh
  22. Dr. Bikash Agarwalla (2010) - Facebook
  23. Dr. Hyojun Kim (2012) - Google
  24. Dr. Lateef Yusuf (2014) - Google
  25. Dr. Mungyung Ryu (2014) - Google
  26. Dr. Kirak Hong (2014) - Google
  27. Dr. Dave Lillethun (2015) - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, Tufts University
  28. Dr. Dushmanta Mohapatra (2015) - Oracle
  29. Dr. Beate Ottenwalder (2016) (Co-Advisor, Primary Advisor: Professor Kurt Rothermel, IPVS, U of Stuttgart, Germany) - Bosch, Germany
  30. Dr. Ruben Mayer (2018) (Co-Advisor, Primary Advisor: Professor Kurt Rothermel, IPVS, U of Stuttgart, Germany) - IPVS, U of Stuttgart, Germany
  31. Dr. Wonhee Cho (2020) - Microsoft
  32. Dr. Ashish Bijlani (2020) - OSS Police Startup (Georgia Tech)
  33. Dr. Enrique Saurez (2022) - Microsoft
  34. Dr. Zhuangdi (Andy) Xu (2022) - Google
  35. Dr. Harshit Gupta (2022) - Microsoft
  36. Dr. Alan Nussbaum (2023) - GTRI
Current Students

Current Research

Recent Publications


Visit the following places for a description related to my past research activities.

NSF Research Infrastructure Project
The Stampede System
The Beehive Cluster System
TASS: A Top-down Approach to Scalability Study

Contact Information

Dr. Umakishore Ramachandran
College of Computing, Georgia Tech
Klaus Advanced Computing Building (KACB 2340)
266 Ferst Dr., Atlanta, GA 30332.
E-mail: rama at cc dot gatech dot edu

As a reward for visiting my homepage here is a recipe for masala noodle invented by my wife Vasanthi!