D-2812. In-house studio portrait of Engineering professor Sanjay Ranka. Requested by Bianca Blakely 392-0984 PO Box 116575 Email: bblakley@eng.ufl.edu.

Sanjay Ranka is a Professor in the Department of Computer Information Science and Engineering at University of Florida. His current research interests are high performance and parallel computing with a focus on energy efficiency; and big data science with a focus on data mining/machine learning algorithms for spatiotemporal applications. His work is driven by applications in CFD, remote sensing, health care and transportation. He teaches courses on data science (three course curriculum), data mining and parallel computing.

From 1999-2002, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Paramark (Sunnyvale, CA). At Paramark, he developed a real-time optimization service called PILOT for marketing campaigns. PILOT served more than 10 million optimized decisions a day in 2002 with a 99.99% uptime. Paramark was recognized by VentureWire/Technologic Partners as a top 100 Internet technology company in 2001 and 2002 and was acquired in 2002. He has also held positions as a tenured faculty positions at Syracuse University and as a researcher/visitor at IBM T.J. Watson Research Labs and Hitachi America Limited.

Sanjay earned his Ph.D. (Computer Science) from the University of Minnesota  and a B. Tech. in Computer Science from IIT, Kanpur, India. He has coauthored four books, 250+ journal and refereed conference articles. His recent co-authored work has received a best student paper runner up award at IGARSS 2015, best paper award at BICOB 2014, best student paper award at ACM-BCB 2010, best paper runner up award at KDD-2009, a nomination for the Robbins Prize for the best paper in journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology for 2008, and a best paper award at ICN 2007.

He is a fellow of the IEEE and AAAS, and a past member of IFIP Committee on System Modeling and Optimization. He is an associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing and an associate editor for ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Sustainable Computing: Systems and Informatics, Knowledge and Information Systems, and International Journal of Computing. Additionally, he is a book series editor for CRC Press for Bigdata. In the past, he has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and IEEE Transactions on Computers.

He  was a past member of the IFIP Committee on System Modeling and Optimization, Parallel Compiler Runtime Consortium, the Message Passing Initiative Standards Committee and Technical Committee on Parallel Processing.  He is the program chair for 2015 High Performance Computing, 2013 International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2010 International Conference on Contemporary Computing and co-general chair for 2009 International Conference on Data Mining and 2010 International Conference on Green Computing. 

Sanjay has had consulting assignments with a number of companies (AT&T Wireless, IBM, Hitachi) and has served as an expert witness in patent disputes.  He is a series editor for CRC press on Bigdata. His work has received 9600+ citations with an h-index of 48 (based on Google Scholar).

Publications (Links to my papers (DBLPPubmedCiteSeer) and patents)

Recent Books and Handbooks

 New Big Data Series

CRC Press Big Data Series

Accepting new proposals for books and handbooks



Recent Invited Talks and Keynotes at Conferences and Workshops
  1. Invited Keynote Speaker, Performance, Energy and Thermal Aware Algorithms for Hybrid Multicore Processors, 22nd IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, July 2017
  2. Invited Keynote Speaker, Multiobjective Algorithms for Hybrid Multicore Processors, International Green and Sustainable Computing Conference, November 2016
  3. Invited Keynote Speaker, High Performance Computing and Data Science for Large Scale Spatiotemporal Applications, International Conference on Contemporary Computing, August 2016
  4. Invited Plenary Speaker, Energy Efficient Multicore Computing, Second International Conference on Eco-friendly Computing and Communication Systems, October 2014.
  5. Invited Talk, GPU Acceleration of Sparse Matrix Applications, International Conference on Contemporary Computing, 2013.
  6. Invited Keynote Speaker, Gliding through Large Amounts of Data,   IEEE International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Grid  Computing, December 2012.
  7. Invited Keynote Speaker, Advance Reservations for  Network Centric Applications  on Grids and Clouds, The fourth IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, December 2012.
  8. Invited Keynote Speaker, Energy Efficient Multicore Computing,  5th International Conference on Information Systems, Technology and Management, New Delhi, India, March 2011.
  9. Invited Keynote Speaker, In-silico methods for Metabolic Engineering, 2nd International Conference on Contemporary Computing, August 2010
  10. Invited Keynote Speaker, Talk Title: Novel Mixture Models to Learn Complex Patterns in High-Dimensional Data, ICDM 2009 Workshop on Optimization Based Methods for Emerging Data Mining Problems.  
  11. Invited Keynote Speaker, Energy Aware Computing, International Conference on Contemporary Computing, August 2008.
  12. Invited Speaker, Grid Resource Management, International Conference on Grid and Pervasive Computing, May 2006.
  13. Invited Speaker, Information Management and Computation Scheduling for Life Science Applications, SURA Cyberinfrastructure Workshop: Life Sciences and the Grid, Jan 2006.

        Recent Selected Professional Activities 

  1. Track Chair,  International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), 2017
  2. Track Chair,  SBAC PAD, 2017
  3. Co-General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Big Data Intelligence and Computing (DataCom), 2017
  4. Program Chair, High Performance Computing, (HiPC ), 2015
  5. Program Chair, International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2013
  6. General Chair, ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedicine, 2012
  7. Co-General Chair, International Conference on Green Computing, 2011
  8. Co-General Chair, International Conference on Green Computing, 2010
  9. Co-General Chair, International Conference on Data Mining, 2009
  10. Program Chair, International Conference on Contemporary Computing, 2009
  11. Program Chair, International Conference on Contemporary Computing, 2010
  12. Track Chair, ACM Conference on Information and Knowlege Management  2010

  Recent Best Paper Awards
  1. Subit Chakrabarti, Jasmeet Judge, Anand Rangarajan, Sanjay Ranka, Disaggregation of Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture in Heterogeneous Landscapes using Holistic Structure based Models, Proceedings of IGARSS 2015. (Best Student Runner Up Award)..
  2. Junjie Li, Sanjay Ranka and Sartaj Sahni, Optimal Alignment of Three Sequences On A GPU” at the 6th International conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, 2014.(Best  Paper Award).
  3. Bin Song, Sanjay Ranka, Tamer Kahveci, Enzymatic target identification with dynamic states, International Conference On Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ACM-BCB), 2010. (Best Student Paper Award).
  4. Mingxi Wu, Xiuyao Song, Chris Jermaine, Sanjay Ranka, John Gums: A LRT framework for fast spatial anomaly detection. KDD 2009: 887-896 (Best Paper Runner up Award: Research Category).
  5. Srijit Kamath, Sartaj Sahni, Sanjay Ranka, Jonathan Li, and Jatinder Palta, Generalized field-splitting algorithms for optimal IMRT delivery efficiency, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 52, 2007, 5483-5496  (nominated for the 2008 Robbins Prize, given to the best paper in the journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology).
  6. Sartaj Sahni, Nageshwara Rao, Sanjay Ranka, Yan Li, Eun-Sung Jung, Nara Kamath, Bandwidth Scheduling and Path Computation Algorithms for Connection-Oriented Networks, Proceedings of  ICN 2007 (Best paper award).

Ongoing Research Support

  1. Principal Investigator, Energy Aware Time Change Detection using Synthetic Aperture Radar on High-Performance Heterogeneous architectures, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015-2019).
  2. Principal Investigator, SparseKaffe: high-performance, auto-tuned energy-aware algorithms for sparse direct methods on modern heterogeneous architectures, National Science Foundation (2015-2018).
  3. Principal Investigator, Performance, Energy and Thermal Tradeoffs for Next Generation Intel Multicore Machines, Intel Corporation (2016).
  4. Principal Investigator, Big Data in Transportation, District 5 (Florida Department of Transportation) (2016-2017).
  5. Principal Investigator, Thermal Aware Computing:  Hardware Monitoring and Software Controls, UF Foundation/Harris Corporation (2016-2017).
  6. Co-Principal Investigator, Center for Compressible Multiphase Turbulence (CCMT),  DOE/NNSA (2014-2019).
  7. Co-Principal Investigator, Development and Testing of Optimized Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Trajectories at Signalized Intersections, Florida Department of Transportation (2015-2017).
  8. Co-Principal Investigator, CPS: TTP Option: Synergy: Traffic Signal Control with Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the Traffic Stream, National Science Foundation (2015-2019).
  9. Investigator, Finding SuperUtilizers in Texas Medicaid Datasets, Texas Health and Human Services (2015-2018).
  10. Co-Principal Investigator, PEAKS: Validation of Mobile Technologies for Clinical Assessment, Monitoring and Intervention, Everyfit Inc (2016-2017) 
  11. Co-Principal Investigator, MRI: Acquisition of GatorCloud: Enabling High-Impact Scientific Research and Collaboration via Software Defined Networks and Cloud Services, National Science Foundation (2012-2017).