Dr. V. Lakshmi Narasimhan
Prof. Lakshmi Narasimhan obtained his Bachelor's degrees in Physics and Electronics Engineering from the University of Madras and Indian Institute of Science respectively. He also obtained his Master's and PhD degrees respectively from the Madras Institute of Technology (now part of Anna University) and The University of Queensland, Australia. He worked at his alma mater in Australia as a lecturer and senior lecturer and was also the Director of the PA3SE (Parallel Algorithms, Architectures And Software Engineering) Research Laboratory. In 1995 he moved to the Australian Defence and Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) as a Principal Research Scientist and was leading the program on Information Management and Information Fusion. He has been instrumental in initiating several key computer information systems projects with strategic clients within the Australian Defense Force, which have since led to the deployment of several mission critical systems at various customer sites. Later he moved to the USA, where worked as a full professor at the Computer Science Department, University of North Texas at Denton. Since early 2003, he was the Professor and Chair of Software Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Presently he is a Professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at East Carolina University, USA. Prof. Narasimhan has published over 170 papers in the areas of Software Engineering and Information Engineering. In particular, his research interests are in computer architecture, parallel and distributed computing, software testing, text & audio processing and mining, E-Commerce, Software process, asset management systems and Standards, and information management & fusion. His papers have appeared in such archival journals as the various IEEE Transactions and IEE Proceedings. Prof. Narasimhan was the founding chair of the IEEE Computer Society, Queensland Chapter and initiated the International Conference series ICA3PP (IEEE International Conference on Algorithms And Architectures) and acted as its Inaugurating Chair. He has also been the technical chair of two other conferences and has been on the technical panel of over 40 leading International Conferences. He has won $5 million in research funding from various funding bodies, institutions and industries. Currently his research interests are the areas of large-scale system engineering, testing & visualization, Agent technology for Decision Support System design and distributed object computing. He has consulted to a number of industries and educational institutions on various IT and Software Engineering projects, including Boeing Aerospace, DoD in Australia and the USA and Assetricity Inc. He is also associated with two Co-Operative Research Centres (CRC on Construction Innovation and CRC on Integrated Engineering Asset Management). He was also the Director of the MESTEC Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, which specializes in the applications of mobile technology to medical information management and patient care. Prof. Narasimhan is a Senior Member of the IEEE, ACM, Fellow of ACS, IEAust and IEE (UK). He is a Technical Member (representing USA) of the Expert Panel of ISO (International Standards Organization) and MIMOSA (Machinery Information Management Open Standards Organization, USA).