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Balasubramanian Wins ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award

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Aruna BalasubramanianAruna balasubramanian, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been selected for the 2021 ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar award.

The award recognizes an individual who has made recent outstanding research or product contributions to the field of mobile computing during the early part of their career. Professor Balasubramanian received the award, “in recognition of her significant contributions in the areas of mobile systems and mobile Web performance, and her mentoring and leadership efforts in improving diversity in the SIGMOBILE community.”

ACM SIGMOBILE is the international professional organization for scientists, engineers, executives, educators, and students dedicated to all things mobile.

“Aruna is a renowned early career researcher who has made significant contributions to mobile web performance and other aspects of mobile computing,” said Samir Das, chair of the Department of Computer Science. “Her work is both technically insightful and societally relevant. We are proud of her recognition by ACM SIGMOBILE. Her leadership will continue to inspire the mobile computing research in Stony Brook.”

Several of Balasubramaian’s research projects have strong societal components. Her PhD dissertation was on improving Internet access under extreme disconnection — disconnections due to lack of infrastructure or due to natural disasters. She demonstrated how to modify the operating system to adapt smartphone interactions for blind users for significant power savings. She is currently studying the critical problem of sustainable Natural Language Processing (NLP) by modeling energy consumption of large NLP applications that require enormous amounts of energy.

The Rockstar award is just one of many that Balasubramaian has received, including a best paper award at Ubicomp 2015, the VMWare early career award, the UMass outstanding dissertation award, and the SIGCOMM dissertation award runner up. She has also received impact awards such as the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) and a Google Research Award. 

Balasubramaian was also recognized earlier this year as one of Stony Brook University’s inspiring women faculty.

Read the complete story at the Department of Computer Science website.

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