Professor Ashok Srinivasan

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher
Field of Specialization: Computer Science
Name: Professor Ashok Srinivasan  
Official Address: Department of Computer Science,
College of Arts and Sciences
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Indian Host Institution: International Institute for Information
Technology Bengaluru, Karnataka
Duration of Grant & Start Date : Duration: 5 months
January 2012

Brief Bio:
Professor Ashok Srinivasan graduated in chemical engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in computer science. Before joining the Florida State University, he worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IIT Bombay, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research expertise lies in the field of high performance computing with a focus on applications and mathematical software. He is known for the development of the SPRNG software which is used by major research groups worldwide on large parallel computers. He has been an investigator on grants totaling around $3 million from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, etc. He has several publications in leading journals and conference such as the "SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing", "ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software", "IPDPS". His research received the best paper award at the ICPP 2006. He has served on numerous technical program committees, including at SC09, and has also helped in the organization of several conference events. He has served on review panels at the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and has reviewed papers for a variety of journals. Professor Srinivasan is active in expanding the boundaries of the high performance computing research community through development of collaboration with researchers in other fields and other countries.
Professor Srinivasan's Fulbright-Nehru research project is titled as 'Supercomputing for policy decisions'. Through this research Professor Srinivasan is planning to collaborate with other researchers at the International Institute for Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB), along with other India Institutions on interdisciplinary problems requiring massive computational power. This will involve simulations to study the impact of social interactions on events handled by traditional scientific models, such as in disaster management. Such simulations can help public policy makers evaluate the consequences of different decisions. The long term goal of Professor Srinivasan is to help IIITB build a national supercomputing facility for large scale simulations and to develop a multi-institution interdisciplinary research community involving multiple countries to solve such societal problems.