Being Smart: The Role of Timely Analytics

Prof. Krithi Ramamritham, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay


These days, unless something has the epithet "smart" attached to it, it is nothing. Smart Energy solutions promise cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy. Smart Cities promise better quality of life for its citizens. We will argue that for a "system" to be SMART, it should Sense Meaningfully, Analyze and Respond Timely. Using real-world examples from the domains of Smart Energy and Smart Cities, this talk will illustrate the central role of data in being SMART.


Prof. Krithi Ramamritham is Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay and he currently heads IIT Bombay's new Center for Urban Science and Engineering.

His research explores timeliness and consistency issues in computer systems, in particular, databases, real-time systems, and distributed applications. His recent work addresses these issues in the context of sensor networks, embedded systems, mobile environments and smart grids.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

Prior to IITB, he had a long stint at the University of Massachusetts.

During the last few years he has been interested in the use of Information and Communication Technologies for creating tools aimed at socio-economic development.

He is recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee for Real-Time Systems and IEEE’s CEDA Outstanding Service Award.

He has been associated with the editorial board of various journals. These include IEEE Embedded Systems Letters and Springer's Real-Time Systems Journal (Editor-in-Chief), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Internet Computing, ACM Computing Surveys and the VLDB (Very Large Databases) Journal.