About Me

I am Karthik Pattabiraman, an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada (also affiliated with the CS department) . I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where I worked with Ravi Iyer and Zbigniew Kalbarczyk in the DEPEND research group from 2004 to 2009. I received an MS in Computer Science also from UIUC working with Dan Reed in the Pablo Group, from 2001 to 2004. I’ve also been a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond) working with Ben Zorn in the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group (in 2009).

I was awarded the UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship in 2016 (ece website), NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) in 2015 (ece website), and the William Carter Award at DSN’08. Together with my students, I have won best paper (or runner up) awards in conferences such as ICST’13, ICSE’14 and EDCC’15, EDCC’16. I initiated and led the Flikker project at Microsoft Research, which was one of the first papers in the field of what is now known as “approximate computing” or “good enough computing” (a term that I coined in a talk). I am a member of the IFIP Working Group (WG) 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault-tolerance, and a member of the Steering committee of the IEEE Pacific Rim International Conference on Dependable Computing (PRDC). I regularly serve on the Program/Organizing Committees of conferences such as the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), and IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE). I am a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), a Senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the ACM and Usenix.

Announcement (Updated: July 2016)
I have PhD positions open for 2017. Please read this page before contacting me.

Research Interests and Selected Recent Publications (from 2011):

Error Resilient Applications [SC’17]HPDC’17][DSN’17][ICST’17][TECS][SC’16][DSN’16][TPDS][ISSRE’15][DSN’15][TECS][CASES’14][DSN’14A][DSN’14B][TR][ISPASS’14][DSN’13][DSN’12][ASPLOS’11]
Web application Reliability [ASE’17][TSE][ICST’16][ICSE’16][TOSEM][ASE’15][ICSE’15][ECOOP’15][ICST’15][ICSE’14A][ICSE’14B][TSE][ASE’14][MSR’14][ESEM’13][ICST’13][ICST’12][ISSRE’11]
Smart Devices Security [FSE’17][ACSAC’16][EDCC’15][HASE’14]

Curriculum Vitae (last updated: August 2017)

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Research Statement

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