Talks & Seminars
Title: Large Scale Industrial Software Systems Development
Dr. Srini Ramaswamy, ABB Global Industries and Services Ltd.
Date & Time: February 28, 2011 11:30
Venue: Lecture Hall, B Block, Third Floor, Kanwal Rekhi Building
Software systems development is fast becoming a globalized activity and this is an increasingly major trend within all industrial sectors. Major software development companies have established their oversea research and development sites and after several years, companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle and they are beginning to reap the benefits. For examples, products, such as Windows 7 are the result of globalized software development efforts. Due to the many benefits of globalization, from the integration of multiple ethnic/market perspectives driven idea generation to development cost structuring, middle and small-sized software companies are now beginning to establish worldwide development campuses/partners. Thus, globalization has become an overwhelming phenomenon in the software industry and is rapidly defining the nature of software development for the 21st century. However, the nature of this business is different when it comes to issues related to the power, energy and infrastructure automation industries. In this talk, I will present an overview of Industrial Software Systems related research activities at ABB and a practitioner’s perspective on globalized software development and its implications for students and researchers in academia. Furthermore, as appropriate, I will present/reflect on several related research projects through my academic career.
Speaker Profile:
Dr. Srini Ramaswamy's research interests are on intelligent and flexible control, behavior modeling, analysis and simulation, software stability and scalability; particularly in the design and development of complex software systems. Specific applications include real-time control issues in automation and manufacturing, data mining and distributed real-time applications. His work is motivated by the desire to understand the various requirements to build scalable, intelligent software systems with the inherent ability to successfully respond to observed and reported behavioral changes in their environment. Dr. Ramaswamy has recently transitioned from an academic to a corporate research career, as the lead for Industrial Software Systems research at ABB, the Swiss Multinational Fortune 500 company at its India Corporate Research Center (INCRC) in Bangalore, India. His primary role is in research team building and leadership, developing university relationships and engaging in applied research for the creation and execution of projects with transformative value for the company's power technologies and process automation business units. On the academic front, he also serves as a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an honorary adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. Earlier in academia for 16 years (1994-2010), his research was funded by government agencies as well as corporate organizations, and he had been a recipient of, or actively participated in, grants totaling over $20M. From 2005-2010 he was a tenured professor and chairperson of the Computer Science Department at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. At UALR, he was associated with several active program building and research initiatives, which include: development of an applied PhD program in Integrated Computing, serving as the statewide program manager for WiNS (Wireless Nano-sensors and Systems) center (2007-2009), the principle investigator for a UALR-wide High Performance Computing initiative, and the research coordinator for collaboration on Engineering Innovative Software Systems for Marine Transportation Logistics with the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Rouen, France. He was an invited visiting professor at INSA de Rouen, France in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. During the summers of 2003 and 2004, and in 2007, he was a visiting research professor in the Institute of Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt University. In 1994-1995, and subsequently during the summers of 1996 and 1998, he was a post-doctoral research fellow/visiting scientist at the University of Texas at Austin where he helped with research efforts on Modeling and Analysis of Sensible Agents, Virtual Reality and Multi-Agent Systems. Dr. Ramaswamy has actively participated in over 50 M.S student projects and thesis works in Computer Science, Applied Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Information Systems. He has additionally participated in over 5 PhD student dissertations in Applied Computing in the USA, served as external co-advisor for 3 PhD students in France and served as an evaluator for 2 PhD students in India. Dr. Ramaswamy earned his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1994. He is a member of the Society for Computer Simulation International, Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility, a Senior member of the IEEE and a Senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He is an active member of IEEE SMCS Technical Committee on Distributed Intelligent Systems and also serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews.
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