V. RAJARAMAN, Ph.D. (Wisconsin) is Honorary Professor in the Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Earlier Prof. Rajaraman was Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur (1963–1982), Professor of Computer Science and Chairman, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1982–1994), and IBM Professor of Information Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (1994–2001).
A pioneer in Computer Science education and research in India, Prof. Rajaraman was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1976. He is also the recipient of Homi Bhabha Prize by UGC, Om Prakash Bhasin Award, ISTE Award for excellence in teaching computer engineering, Rustom Choksi Award, Zaheer Medal by the Indian National Science Academy, Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 1998, and Lifetime Contribution Award by the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2005. He was awarded D.Sc. (h.c.) by IIT Kanpur and Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur. An author of several well-established and highly successful computer books, Prof. Rajaraman has published a large number of research papers in reputed national and international journals. (A detailed biodata of the author may be found in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaidyeswaran_Rajaraman).
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Neeharika Adabala, Ph.D. (IISc), is the founder and chief architect of CybULab Pvt. Ltd., a company that applies information visualization techniques and cognition theory to develop educational services. She is also a co-founder of Lifetape Inc. She was previously a researcher at Microsoft Research India, where she worked on effective visualization of and interaction with information, as well as on use of semantics to improve user-computer interaction. She has worked in MIRALab at the University of Geneva and also in University of Central Florida. She has published papers in the areas of fluid simulation, realistic and abstract rendering techniques, and information visualization. She is on the editorial board of the Springer-Verlag journal for computer graphics and serves on the program committees of international conferences in the areas of computer graphics and animation.