Swagatam! Vanakkam! Bienvenidos! Ahlan Wasahlan!
Bine ati venit! Bem Vindos! Wilkommen!
Welcome to the Home Page of Anand Ranganathan
I am currently working as a Research Staff Member
at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, NY. I work in the Next
Generation Distributed Systems group, where we are trying to bridge the
worlds of Artificial Intelligence, Operations Research, Operating Systems,
Distributed Systems, Networks, Data Management and Human-Computer Interaction.
So, in the process of trying to outdo Jack (of the of all trades
fame), I am trying to acquire and employ snippets of knowledge from each
of these areas in my work. Presently there is a strong Semantic Web theme
running through my research. One of the most promising technologies I
am working on at the moment is the automatic composition of different
kinds of applications or workflows from small, modular components.
I finished my PhD at the University of Illinois
at Urbana Champaign in the Department of Computer Science. In that life,
I was a research assistant under Prof. Roy Campbell and Prof. Dennis Mickunas
in the Software Research Group.
In this life, I was researching in the wild and wacky arena of Pervasive/Ubiquitous
Computing. The charm of this area was in envisaging cool (but probably
impractical) futuristic scenarios where humans and computers coexisted
in a happy symbiotic relationship (most of the times, or at least in a
small fraction of the times).
My current work page briefly describing IBM life
can be found here.
More content will come at that page once I figure out how to navigate
the complex pathways within IBM to publish my external website. However,
at this site, you can find information about both my past and current