Sharat Chandran holds a doctorate (1989) in Computer Science
from the University of Maryland, and an undergraduate degree (1984) in
Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay. He has held academic or engineering appointments at the Indian
Institute of Technology Bombay; University of Maryland, College Park
(USA), Oracle Corporation (USA), NTT (Japan), and Schlumberger (USA).
He has also been a scholar in residence at Rice University, University
of Florida, Stanford University, University of Michigan Dearborn (all
in the USA), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland),
the University of Western Australia, and the University of New South
Wales (both in Australia).
Prof. Sharat's research interests are in computer graphics and vision, and in high performance computation. In these fields, he has made noteworthy contributions in the form of archival journal articles and peer reviewed conference publications. About 40 students have graduated at the Masters level or higher under his supervision; a similar number of students have graduated with an undergraduate "honors" degree. 11 research scholars (doctoral students) have graduated under his supervision.
In 2015, along with researchers from IIT Kanpur and Columbia University, Prof. Sharat was instrumental in a nationwide matching -- post the Joint Entrance Examination -- of over 1.3 million high school graduates seeking admission to 80+ undergraduate institutions for over 600 engineering academic programs. This software, giving birth to JoSAA JoSAA, has had a lasting impact and continues to be used in subsequent years (2016-present).