A long time ago...
Though this page is named about_ag.html, I am not a fan of folks who refer themselves in third person, so the rest of this page will be in first person :-)
I was born and grew up in Madras (now called Chennai), a nice -- but likely the most conservative of the five metros -- city on the southern part of India. After finishing high (-er secondary) school, I got an undergraduate engineering degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering. In fall 2001, I came to IU to pursue a Masters in Computer Science, then stayed on, in the School of Informatics to get a second major in Bioinformatics. Occasionally, especially when I am tired, I day-dream about getting a doctoral degree... not in the near future though, may be a few years down the road! Who knows?!
Interests: My primary area of interest is to enable and foster collaboration between the Computer Science domain, and other sciences, and to enable more efficient scientific research in those domains. I've been heavily focused on design/development/deployment/maintenance of mostly self-contained software systems [sometimes referred to as science gateways] that use University hardware resources, business logic contributed by domain experts, and are accessible via web portals. I strongly believe that we have more then sufficient number of pure computer scientists but not enough researchers/designers/developers who can bridge the gap between advancements in computer science and their subsequent use in other scientific disciplines (or even non-scientific domains).
I am also interested in increasing service levels of software applications, especially web based ones, to a near-perfect level using High Availability techniques combined with deployment infrastructure that enables rapid and easy redeployment of service stacks. Another area I am interested in is efficient use software engineering principles - design, development, implementation, documentation, and so forth. Back in college and grad school, I was proficient in database design, a skill I continue to use to design and maintain RDBMS schemas and the associated database service(s).
And finally, I am also very interested in computational biology (a.k.a. Bioinformatics); I've worked on developing algorithms for Biological sequence clustering using statistical methods, phylogenetic trees and the like in the past. I also occasionally dream about developing Bioinformatics systems using AI techniques like case-based reasoning.
Job: I currently work as a Project Manager, representing Indiana University's Research Technologies division, for the One Degree Imager - Portal, Pipeline, and Archive (ODI-PPA) project. ODI-PPA is designed to be a science gateway/compute archive, and serves as a single place of access for ODI data, and to rich computational and visualization capabilities. Our team has led the design, development, testing, and deployment of the portal and archive parts of PPA, as well as integration of pipelines and maintaining the deployment infrastructure. More information on the project can be found on the project webpage while the operational (production) portal can be accessed at http://portal.odi.iu.edu. I also manage a project similar to ODI-PPA called EMCenter-PPA, a science gateway application for microscopy data. Finally, I am in charge of coordinating science use-cases for an exploratory 100Gbps testbed support project at IU.
Previously, I worked as an Operations Infrastructure Coordinator for the Open Science Grid Operations group at Indiana University. I coordinated the design, development, and deployment of several projects including MyOSG, GOC Ticket, OIM, GOC-TX a ticket exchange and synchronisation application. Prior to that, I worked as a High Performance Computing (HPC) and Grid Software Analyst at IU. Before I started working full-time, I was a graduate student IU and got two masters degrees in Computer Science & Bioinformatics.
I am trying to think what I do in my spare time? Hmm...
I mostly listen to rock music of the 1970s, 80s and the early 90s. The present day rock groups really don't appeal to me that much. I have quite a decent collection of CDs now thanks especially to offers of "free CDs" from websites like bmgmusicservice.com, do beware of their small print and annoying contracts -- see below.
Bands I listen to: Some of my favorite bands/musicians include: Rush, Joe Satriani, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Extreme*, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd. I also like listening to Def Leppard's 1980s stuff .. Collective Soul, Mr. Big*, Guns 'n' Roses* -- mainly their Use your Illusion record, a bit of Aerosmith (though my musical taste has moved away considerably from their stuff).
* - While they existed as a band
Random thoughts about the music I listen to: The Canadian trio (Rush) is probably all time favorite band; Neil Peart is awesome (what's this web server's address?!)! Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson rock too! If you've not done so yet, you outta check out 'Natural Science', 'Xanadu', 'Jacob's ladder', <long list>. I love Satriani too, especially the Strange Beautiful Music record. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) rocks my world!, as does Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and John Myung (Dream Theater) with his (their) bass guitar. Coming to Floyd, I mostly listen to the post-Waters stuff -- Division Bell is probably my favorite Floyd record. I've recently been listening to Porcupine Tree, and Steve Wilson appears to be a great musician! I really wish Extreme had continued making music, I love Nuno Bettencourt's guitar playing! Iron Maiden's harmony guitar playing has no parallel IMO! Def Leppard's earlier stuff - Pyromania and Hysteria - have a lot of good music, and really good production, no?
Cancelling BMG Music Service membership: If you're like me, you've probably figured out by now that BMG, despite giving me a pretty nice deal (about 12 CDs for less than $60) are an unethical organization. No where in their website will you find a way to discontinue your membership, i.e. a way to stop receiving those annoying featured CD emails. But thanks to the power of Google, there is a way. Details are here.
DVDs I currently own:
Music Concerts and such
Who shares my birthday?
Who shares my birthday?