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Karthik was recognized by ACM in the category Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Computing. At ECE, Karthik is a researcher in Dependable Computer Systems, Computer Security, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Software Engineering at ECE . He joined ECE from a postdoctoral position at Microsoft Research. While at Microsoft, Karthik initiated and led the Flikker project, which was one of the first papers in the field of what is now known as “approximate computing” or “good enough computing”- a term he coined. At UBC, Karthik has published more than 100 papers with his students, and 12 of these papers have received distinguished paper awards at prestigious venues such as DSN. He has also collaborated with companies such as Intel, Nvidia, AMD, IBM, Cisco, and Huawei.