Karthik Pattabiraman named 2021 Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Karthik Pattabiraman has been named as one of 2021’s 63 ACM Distinguished Scientists by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

ACM Distinguished Membership recognizes scientists with significant professional experience and notable achievements in computing. Members are chosen from leading universities, corporations and research institutions all over the world.  “The Distinguished Members program is a way both to celebrate the trailblazing work of our members, and to underscore how participation with a professional society enhances one’s career growth. This award category also emphasizes how ACM’s worldwide membership is the foundation of our organization,” explains ACM President Gabriele Kotsis.

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.

Karthik is listed in the DSN conference hall of fame (as the only Canadian researcher listed). He is a vice-chair of the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault-tolerance, a member of the steering committees of the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), and the IEEE Pacific Rim International Conference on Dependable Computing (PRDC).

His awards and recognitions include the Inaugural Rising Star in Dependability Award in 2020, UIUC CS department’s early career alumni achievement award in 2018, UBC Killam mentoring excellence award in 2020, UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize in 2018, UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship in 2016, NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) in 2015, and the William Carter Dissertation Award in 2008.  Of the 2021 ACM Distinguished Scientists, Karthik is the only Canadian receiving this honour.

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