Professor Kamakoti, Indian developer of “SHAKTI” microprocessors, will lead IIT Madras

V.Kamakoti, the Indian developer of the “SHAKTI” microprocessor, will be the next director of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), succeeding outgoing Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi.

An IITM alumnus, Kamakoti, is currently the Associate Dean for Industrial Consulting and Sponsored Research (ICSR) at the institute.

He is also a member of the Indian Government’s National Security Advisory Council.

Kamakoti, which is a faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, led the research team that designed and started India’s first microprocessor “SHAKTI” which can be used in mobile computing devices and networking systems.

It can reduce dependence on imported microprocessors in communications, defense and other sectors.

“Over the past two decades, IIT Madras has focused on interdisciplinary translational research relevant to our nation. these forces brought together, our immediate priority would be to increase the skill set for the development of indigenous technologies that meet local and global requirements by aligning with national education policy goals,” Kamakoti said as his priorities. .

He was appointed by the Union Ministry of Commerce in 2017 as the chairman of a task force on harnessing artificial intelligence for development in various fields.

He received the following awards:

– Abdul Kalam National Technology Innovation Scholarship, 2020

– IESA Techno Visionary Award, 2018

– IBM Faculty Award, 2016

– DRDO Academy Award of Excellence, 2013

– IITM Young Faculty Recognition Award (YFRA), 2007

“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 expertise in IT and cybersecurity. The Institute and the country will benefit immensely from his services,” said Ramamurthi, the outgoing Director.

Ramamurthi led the IITM for two terms.

Also an alumnus of IITM and the University of California, Santa Barbara, he joined IITM as a faculty member of the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1986 and held various key positions, including Dean ( planning).

He oversaw a rapid expansion of campus infrastructure, including the launch of a Rs. 1,000 crore satellite campus called ‘Discovery Campus’ to meet increased research needs.

Ramamurthi was instrumental in the development of indigenous 5G standards for India, 5Gi, during his tenure as Chairman of Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI).

He also played a major role in IITM’s TeNet group, a team of professors from the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

The team was instrumental in the development of corDECT wireless telephony in the local loop (WLL) several years ago.

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