Ravishankar K. Iyer

Ravishankar K. Iyer

Ravishankar K. Iyer

George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Engineering


Home Page

Research Interests:

Reliable and secure systems; fault tolerance and reliability


Professor Iyer is the George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   He holds joint appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) and the Department of Computer Science. He also serves as Director of the Center for Reliable and High-Performance Computing at Illinois and as Chief Scientist of the Information Trust Institute.  Previously, he was the Director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (2000 – 2008) and Interim Vice-Chancellor for Research from 2008 - 2011.

Professor Iyer’s research contributions have led to major advances in the design and validation of dependable computing systems.  He has authored or co-authored over three hundred refereed publications, mentored and graduated over 110 postdoctoral fellows, doctoral and masters students.  Under his leadership the campus started a new initiative in computing for genomics. He currently leads the Trusted Illiac project at Illinois. Funded by both industry and government, the project is developing adaptive, application-aware architectures supporting a wide range of dependability and security requirements.

Professor Iyer is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the ACM.  He has received several awards, including the Humboldt Foundation Senior Distinguished Scientist Award for excellence in research and teaching, the AIAA (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics) Information Systems Award and Medal for “fundamental and pioneering contributions towards the design, evaluation, and validation of dependable aerospace computing systems,” the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award for fundamental contributions to measurement, evaluation, and design of reliable computing systems, and the 2011 Outstanding Contributions award by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)- Special Interest Group on Security  (SIGSAC) for his fundamental and far-reaching contributions in secure and dependable computing. Professor Iyer is also the recipient of the degree of Doctor Honaris Causa from France’s Toulouse Sabatier University in recognition of his outstanding research contributions in dependable computing and for his extensive collaboration with CNRS/LAAS in Toulouse.