The world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is often mistakenly referred to as an Ivy League university, has named an Indian, Dr.Anant Agarwal, the Director of the prestigious Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). CSAIL is the university’s largest inter-disciplinary lab.
A passout from IIT Madras (it is not IIT Chennai!) and Stanford University, Dr.Agarwal is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is currently the leader of the Carbon Research Group of CSAIL. He will assume his position as the Director of CSAIL on July 1, 2011. Dr.Agarwal is also a founder and CTO of Tilera Corporation, which developed the Tile multicore processor.
The CSAIL is MIT’s largest inter-departmental group with over 50 research groups which focus on artificial intelligence, systems and theory. The lab has also spawned 100 technology companies (shouldn’t we understand how MIT manages to retain its position as one of the leading academic institutions, and yet shows the way when it comes to commercial application of its work? This article on MIT in The Guardian makes for an extremely insightful read on the culture that has made MIT one of the most visible symbols of America’s technological prowess.)
Dr.Anant Agarwal’s appointment as the head of one of the world’s most advanced research labs shows we don’t lack in human capital; it’s got to do more with how we encourage them and keep them happy. We congratulate Dr.Agarwal on his appointment and wish him all success!