Kamakoti, developer of the ‘Shakti’ microprocessor, is the new director of IIT-M

Chennai: Prof. V. Kamakoti, who developed the indigenous “Shakti” microprocessor, has been appointed as the new director of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M).

He will succeed Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, who is stepping down as Director after completing two stellar terms that propelled the Institute to great heights.

During Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi’s tenure, IIT-Madras was ranked No. 1 in the ‘General’ category for three consecutive years in the Indian Ranking published by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Education.

The Institute has been ranked No. 1 in the category of “Engineering Institutions” in the same ranking for six consecutive years – from 2016 to 2021. IIT Madras was voted “Best Innovative Institution” in the country.
in the Atal Ranking of Institutions of Achievement in Innovation (ARIIA) in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and was also selected as an “Institution of Eminence” in 2019, a statement from IIT-M announced today. .

An alumnus of IIT Madras, Prof. Kamakoti is currently the Associate Dean for Industrial Consulting and Sponsored Research (ICSR), IIT Madras. He is also a member of the Indian Government’s National Security Advisory Council.

Congratulating Prof. Kamakoti on his appointment, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “With Prof. Kamakoti at the helm, IIT Madras is poised to reach new heights in the years to come. He is an excellent teacher and researcher, and a capable administrator. He has played a key role in many national projects, leveraging his deep IT and cybersecurity expertise. The Institute and the country will benefit enormously from his services”.

Prof. Kamakoti, who is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, led the research team that designed and pioneered India’s first “SHAKTI” microprocessor which can be used in mobile computing devices and gaming systems. in network. It can reduce reliance on imported microprocessors in communications and defense industries.

The “SHAKTI” microprocessor can be used by other sectors and it is on par with its international peers.

Prof. Kamakoti was appointed by the Union Ministry of Commerce in 2017 as the Chairman of the Working Group on Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Development in Various Fields. He has received several awards.

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