Visiting Students Take Summer CRUISE through GT Computing

July 1, 2014

After three years of computer science study at IIT Hyderabad in India, Aradhya Biswas found himself eager to put his knowledge and skills to work, hopefully in a summer program or internship. A web search revealed a Georgia Tech internship in which he could apply his skills toward real-world solutions.

Thanks to CRUISE, or Computing Research Undergraduate Intern Summer Experience, at Georgia Tech’s School of Computational Science & Engineering (CSE), Biswas is now seven weeks into working on simulations designed to improve the efficiencies of power consumption in mobile devices.

This research, he explains, could extend to larger devices with the possibility of reducing power consumption for even supercomputers.

An added benefit, he gets to work alongside a leading expert in the field; in this case, Richard Fujimoto, a Regents’ professor in CSE.

“CRUISE was created with the goal to encourage undergraduates to continue their studies into graduate school, especially toward a doctorate,” said Fujimoto, the founding chair of the CSE School where the program is housed. “And we have a second goal to encourage students from underrepresented groups to continue their studies in computing.”

Aradhya Biswas examines various simulations to improve energy efficiencies in mobile devices with Regents’ Professor Richard Fujimoto.

CRUISE partners students with a faculty mentor as well as research scientists and graduate research assistants as they work on high-level research projects. Throughout the 10-week program, they engage in the research and attend workshops and weekly seminars on high-performance computing, programming, compilers and processors as well as non-technical topics such as how to apply to graduate school and how to develop innovative research ideas.

The projects examine the dynamics of social network communities, biodiversity distribution, different methods for large-scale data analysis and DNA sequencing.

An added benefit of the program is the direct expose of the students to Georgia Tech itself. So that when Biswas returns to India to complete his fourth and final year of studies there, he will give serious consideration of coming back to CSE for more study.

Biswas admits that returning to Georgia Tech as a full-time graduate student is a real and possible consideration.

“I would definitely think about that,” he said with a smile.

The students and their mentors include:

  • Chaitanya Aluru of University of California, Berkeley studying computer system modeling with Associate Professor Rich Vuduc.
  • Aradhya Biswas of IIT Hyderabad studying ways to minimize power consumption on mobile devices with Richard Fujimoto and SaBra Neal
  • Mridul Garg of IIT Bombay studying the assembly of DNA sequences from bacterial artificial chromosomes with Professors Srinivas Aluru and Kishore Ramachandran.
  • Vipul Harsh of IIT Bombay and Rohit Narurkar of IIT Kharagpur attempting to solve the Rotne-Pragar-Yamakawa tensor for poly-disperse systems by the Fast Multipole Method with consideration to hydrodynamic interactions based on Brownian Dynamics with Associate Professor Edmond Chow and Graduate Research Assistant Aftab Patel.
  • Ashish Kumar of IIT Jodhpur studying the optimization of sparse matrix products for social networks with CSE Chair David Bader and Research Scientist Jason Riedy.
  • Anant Raj of IIT Kanpur studying scalable kernel methods for large scale data analysis with Assistant Professor Le Song and Ph.D candidate Bo Xie.
  • Manfred Torres Sanchez of Tecnologico de Costa Rica studying biodiversity distribution with Assistant Professor Bistra Dilkina and Ph.D candidate Bo Dai.
  • Anu Yadav of IIT Roorkee finding core members of social network communities with Bader and Riedy.