March 26, 2024

Purdue University Prof. Anand Raghunathan receives Bement Award for groundbreaking AI research

The award is given annually to a university researcher who has made highly significant and impactful contributions in pure and applied sciences and engineering.
 Professor Anand Raghunathan stands in the atrium of the MSEE building. He is wearing a black suit and a red tie.
Anand Raghunathan, Silicon Valley Professor Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Anand Raghunathan, the Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been chosen to receive Purdue University’s 2023 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award. The award is given annually to a university researcher who has made highly significant and impactful contributions in pure and applied sciences and engineering. Raghunathan is being recognized for his pioneering work in making AI systems more energy-efficient through specialized hardware architectures for AI workloads and the design paradigm of approximate computing.

Raghunathan’s achievement will be recognized on April 22, when Karen Plaut, Purdue’s executive vice president for research, will host the Excellence in Research Awards and Lectures event, 2-5 p.m. in the North Ballroom of Purdue Memorial Union. Raghunathan will present a lecture titled, “AI’s Energy Challenge and Four A’s to Address It.” Faculty, staff, students and the public are encouraged to attend. Event details and registration information can be found here. The award will be presented at an event in May.

A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, Raghunathan has been a Purdue faculty member since 2008. He is a founding co-director of the Purdue-led Center for Secure Microelectronics Ecosystem and co-director of the Center for the Co-Design of Cognitive Systems, which is funded by the Semiconductor Research Corp. and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

“Anand was one of the very first researchers to realize that machine learning and data analytics would drive the future of computing platforms and their underlying hardware fabrics. His group created some of the first hardware accelerators for AI workloads, in the process recognizing the need for new design paradigms to create such hardware,” said Kaushik Roy, the Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in nominating Raghunathan. “This led him to his pioneering work in approximate computing, which has deeply influenced subsequent efforts in academia and industry and has been recognized with best paper and test-of-time awards.”

“I am deeply honored to be chosen to receive this award,” Raghunathan said. “I am indebted to all my mentors, collaborators and students over the years, and to Purdue for providing an amazing environment in which to pursue my research.”

Looking ahead to future challenges, Raghunathan has clearly defined his priorities: “Artificial intelligence has fundamentally altered the trajectory of demand for computing. Our ability to address the AI compute efficiency challenge will shape the future of AI and many other fields. I hope to tackle this challenge through my work.”

“Professor Raghunathan’s pioneering research in utilizing approximate computing techniques for improving the efficiency of AI hardware — specifically, trained quantization of deep neural networks — has been foundational to enabling transformative advances in AI systems in recent years across the industry,” said Vivek De, fellow and director of circuit technology research at Intel.

Among many accolades, Raghunathan was cited as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology Review magazine. He has received nine best paper awards, a ten-year retrospective most influential paper award and a best design contest award at premier conferences in his field. Before joining Purdue, he received a Patent of the Year Award and two Technology Commercialization Awards from NEC Corp. for his work that shaped multiple generations of semiconductor products. At Purdue, he has received the College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Research, the Qualcomm Faculty Award and the IBM Faculty Award.

The Arden L. Bement Jr. Award was established in 2015 by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Arden Bement and his wife, Louise Bement, to annually recognize a Purdue faculty member for recent outstanding accomplishments in pure and applied sciences and engineering. Winners of the award are nominated by colleagues, recommended by a faculty committee and approved by the executive vice president for research and the university president.

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