Karthik Pattabiraman is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada (since 2010). He received his PhD in 2009 in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), an MS in Computer Science also from UIUC in 2004, and B. Tech. from the University of Madras, India, in 2001. Before joining UBC, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research.
Karthik has won awards such as the Inaugural Rising Star in Dependability Award in 2020, UIUC CS department’s early career alumni achievement award in 2018, UBC Killam mentoring excellence award in 2020, UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize in 2018, UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship in 2016, NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) in 2015, and the William Carter Dissertation Award in 2008. Together with his students, he has won eight best paper (or runner up) awards in venues such as ICST’13, ICSE’14, EDCC’15, EDCC’16 and DSN’18, TECS 2020, DSN’21, and impact paper award at ISSRE’14. His students have won awards such as the SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation award, the William Carter dissertation award in dependability, and the SIGHPC distinguished dissertation award (honorable mention).
Karthik 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 he coined in a talk). He is listed in the DSN conference hall of fame (only Canadian researcher listed). He is a member of the IFIP Working Group (WG) 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault-tolerance (vice-chair from 2019), and a member of the steering committees of the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), and the IEEE Pacific Rim International Conference on Dependable Computing (PRDC). He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in British Columbia, and a Senior member of both the IEEE and the ACM.