Message from the Head of the Department

March 2018

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras. IIT Madras was ranked first amongst several other similar Research and Teaching institutions in Engineering in the 2016 and 2017 National Institute Ranking Framework established by the Ministry for Human Resources Development (MHRD), the Government of India. IIT Madras was ranked amongst the top 50 Asian Universities in the QS rankings 2018.

The Department started as the Computer Centre in 1973 with the acquisition of an IBM 370 Computer. It presently offers B. Tech., dual-degree B.Tech./ M.Tech., M.Tech., M.S., Ph.D. degree programmes. A dual-degree B.Tech/M.Tech. program in data science, open to all B.Tech. students of IIT Madras, has been started from Jan. 2018.

The department has a vibrant student body numbering around 700 and faculty numbering nearly 30. About 60% of students are postgraduates, mostly supported by government of India scholarships and research projects. The Departments also offers several attractive industry- sponsored fellowships for outstanding Ph.D. scholars.

The vision of the CSE Department is Global Excellence and Local Relevance in Research, teaching, and technology development in Computer Science and Engineering. In pursuit of this vision, the Department is actively engaged in research activities in the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web, Knowledge Representation and Natural Language Processing.
  • Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Stochastic Optimization.
  • Human Computer interaction including Speed Technologies, Image Processing, Computer Vision and Visualization
  • Computational Brain Research
  • Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Distributed and Cloud Computing Systems
  • Cryptography and information Security, including Hardware Security.
  • Programming Languages, Compilers, and High-performance Computing.
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Theoretical Computer Science.
  • Hardware Systems, including Computer Architecture and VLSI

The Department’s research activities have been funded by several Government organizations such as Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry Of Electronics & Information Technology (MeiTY), and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO); and by several industries including Accenture, Amazon, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Tata Power Corporation. Several of our alumni hold important positions in the industry and academia worldwide. Students have been recently placed, both in India and abroad, in several leading national and international companies including Apple, Flipkart, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft, Oracle, Paypal, Samsung, Uber, and Visa. Many Ph.D. graduates are serving as faculty members, both in India and abroad, in reputed educational institutions such as Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Tirupati, Iowa State University and National University of Singapore. According to a Brown University study reported in May 2014, IIT Madras was the fifth largest contributor of faculty members to Computer Science Programmes in U.S universities including MIT, Stanford and Yale.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) recipients from the Department include:
  • Prof. Krithi Ramamritham, IIT Bombay (M.Tech.,CSE,1978)
  • Mr. Rajesh Jha, Microsoft, (B.Tech., CSE, 1988)
  • Prof. Aravind Srinivasan, Univ. of Maryland (B.Tech., CSE,1989)
  • Mr. S. “Kris’’ Gopalakrishnan, Retired Dy. MD, Infosys (M.Tech.,CSE,1982)
  • Dr. Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google (B.Tech., CSE,1989)
  • Mr. S. Srinivasan, SRA Systems (M.S., CSE, 1982)
  • Dr. Venky Harinarayan, Walmartlabs (B.Tech., CSE,1989)
  • Mr. B. Suresh Kamath, Lasersoft Infosystems Ltd. (M.Tech., CSE,1982)
  • Dr. Krishna Bharat, Xoogler News guy and Investor (B.Tech., CSE,1991)
  • Prof. S. Sudarshan, IIT Bombay (B.Tech., CSE,1987)
  • Dr. Anand Rajaraman, Cambrian Ventures (B.Tech., CSE,1993)
  • Prof. Ramesh Govindan, Univ. of Southern California (B.Tech., CSE,1987)
  • Prof. Hari Balakrishnan, MIT (B.Tech., CSE,1993)

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