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Sudhanva Gurumurthi, the first Indian scientist honored with Google’s focused research award

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On 02 Feb 2010 Google has announced their first ever round  of focused research award. The award focused towards the research in the fields to the interest of Google and research community. The award has given to 12 projects led by 31 professors at 10 universities. These awards, totaling $5.7 million, cover four areas: machine learning, the use of mobile phones as data collection devices for public health and environment monitoring, energy efficiency in computing, and privacy.

Awards and categories

Machine Learning

  • William Cohen, Christos Faloutsos, Garth Gibson, and Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University

Use of mobile phones as data collection devices for public health and environment monitoring

  • Gaetano Borriello, University of Washington and Deborah Estrin, UCLA

Energy efficiency in computing

  • Ricardo Bianchini, Rutgers, Fred Chong, UC Santa Barbara, Thomas F. Wenisch, University of Michigan, Sudhanva Gurumurthi, University of Virginia
  • Christos Kozyrakis, Mark Horowitz, Benjamin Lee, Nick McKeown and Mendel Rosenblum, Stanford
  • David G. Andersen and Mor. Harchol-Balter, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tajana Simunic Rosing, Steven Swanson and Amin Vahdat, UCSD
  • Thomas F. Wenisch, Trevor Mudge, David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, University of Michigan
  • Margaret Martonosi, Jennifer Rexford, Michael Freedman and Mung Chiang, Princeton


  • Ed Felten, Princeton
  • Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ryan Calo, Stanford CIS
  • Andy Hopper, Cambridge University Computing Laboratory

Sudhanva Gurumurthi

sudhanva gurumurthiIndian born scientist Sudhanva Gurumurthi, Assistant Professor at University of Virginia , Charlottesville, VA, USA got the award in the category of Energy efficiency in computing. Sudhanva is a 1996-2000 batch , Computer engineering graduate of  College of Engineering Guindy,  Anna university, Chennai. He acquired his  PHD from Pensilvania State university USA (year 2005) for the thesis- “Power Management of Enterprise Storage Systems”.  Over the years he has been honored with several awards like Robert M. Owens Memorial Scholarship, Penn State University(2003), CSE Research Assistant Award, Penn State University(2004),  NSF CAREER Award ( 2007) and Nominated by Penn State for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award 2005. His VLDB 2001 Paper was Amongst top 5 papers of VLDB 2001. His Paper was selected for IEEE Micro Top Picks from the Computer Architecture Conferences, 2008.

Proud of  100 Crore Indians , Hats off  Sudhanva !!

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