King’s CRA wins Software Sustainability Fellowship

Krishna Kumar

King's alumnus and College Research Associate, Dr. Krishna Kumar, has won the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) Fellowship for 2017. Krishna was selected as one of eighteen SSI Fellows and is the Institute’s first Fellow of Engineering. 

As an SSI Fellow, Krishna will be an ambassador for promoting and developing tools for sustainable research. Krishna’s own research involves large-scale open source computational tools for understanding landslides, earthquakes and other geophysical hazards. He is also developing a city-scale simulation platform for understanding the influence of people’s behavior on infrastructure. Using real-time and historic data, this simulation platform facilitates real-time decision-making for Smart Cities.

The SSI’s mission is to enable better research by cultivating better, more sustainable research software. The Institute helps researchers from a range of disciplines to build and promote better software. Since over 90% of academics use software in research, it is a critical part of the academic community.  The Institute and its Fellows help to facilitate the use of software and ensure its sustainability.

On receiving the Fellowship, Krishna commented:

“I’m delighted to have been awarded this Fellowship. SSI presents a fantastic opportunity to meet interesting researchers using different technologies to improve sustainability and reproducibility in research. As an SSI fellow, I will aim to promote container technology in High Performance Compute environments and Cloud computing for sustainable research software development across various disciplines.”

Krishna was appointed CRA at King’s in 2015. More information about the College Research Associates can be found here.

Krishna received his MS in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and his PhD in Engineering from Cambridge. He is currently a research associate at the Department of Engineering, where he helped establish the Cambridge-Berkeley Computational Geomechanics Group. The group focuses on developing open source computational tools for modelling geophysical hazards, geothermal energy, and real-time infrastructure management platforms.

For more information about Krishna’s fellowship, please visit the SSI’s website and for more information about Krishna’s research, please visit his research group page .

11 December 2016