Sandeep Chandran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (IITPkd). He received his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD). He has previously worked at AMD, Bangalore and Freescale Semiconductors, Noida (now NXP).
In this new era of computing, where technology penetrates deeper into our lives through a multitude of devices (think Internet of Things), and data gathered from real world through such devices is driving computational methods (think Machine Learning approaches such as Deep Neural Networks), security and energy-efficiency have also become first-class citizens in addition to high-performance. To add to this excitement, Moore's law has slowed down which means higher performance is no longer a free-ride on the back of the manufacturing technology improvements. These observations have led me to believe we have entered a new era of systems design (similar to the 1950s and 1960s), where conventional rules of thumb used to design systems are no longer useful, and underlying assumptions are being questioned and revisited. In such a dynamic landscape, I am currently focusing on three aspects: (i) micro-architectural features for energy-efficient high-performance computing, (ii) designing secure systems (correct by construction) for IoT, (iii) exposing security vulnerabilities in hardware and preventing it from causing any harm. Very recently, I have started exploring the nascent area of developing justifiable (and provably correct) ML techniques for bio-medical image analysis.