Kamala Krithivasan


Title: Spiking Neural P Systems and Petri Nets


Brief Biography:

Kamala Krithivasan has served as a faculty member of Computer Science and Engineering Department, IIT Madras, Chennai, India since the last three decades. She is currently a professor working in the area of Theoretical Computer Science, especially Formal Language Theory and its applications and Unconventional Models of Computing.
She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mathematics from Madras Christian College, Tambaram, affiliated to Madras University, where she was the first rank holder. She also received her PhD from the same place in 1975 for her work on Array Grammars. Thereafter, she joined IIT Madras in 1975 in the Computer Science and Engineering Department (called Computer Center at that time) as a research associate, became a full-time professor in 1990 and held the post of Chairperson of the department during 1992-1995.
She has been associated with researches in the field of Formal Languages and Automata Theory for more than 35 years; her contribution being in the area of array grammars, graph grammars, L-systems, DNA computing and membrane computing. She has also been involved with computational geometry for several years having worked on optimization problems and path planning problems. She has taught courses on and related to Discrete Mathematical Structures and Theory of Computation numerous times for undergraduate and graduate students at IIT Madras. She has also delivered a series of 40 lectures on Discrete Mathematical Structures and 42 lectures on Formal Languages, Automata and Computation under the NPTEL program (National Program on Technology Enhanced learning). These videos can be seen via YouTube and the NPTEL website.
Prof Krithivasan has guided many PhD and MS students and also has carried out many sponsored projects and partnered with teams from Germany and Israel on collaborative projects. She has more than 80 publications in international journals and more than 100 publications in conferences. She visited the University of Maryland during the fellowship period, Concordia University, for six months in 1987 and MPI, Saarbrucken, Germany, for short periods in 1992 and 1994. 
She was elected as Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers in 2006. Prof Krithivasan was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in 1986. 
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