Saurabh Bagchi

Professor, ECE and CS, Purdue University

Candidate Material for IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors Election, 2019


Why you should vote in the IEEE Computer Society (CS) Election?

This election will select the leadership of your society. This includes the Board of Governors as well as the two Vice Presidents and the President.


The IEEE-CS Board of Governors represents the membership of the IEEE Computer Society. It is involved in setting the goals and the activities of the society, such as, what should be new technical committees that should be started and which ones should be terminated, what should be the publication page limits and charges for journals, and what should be new awards and member activities. It is important that this board:

       Represent all of the membership of the Computer Society

       Be knowledgeable about the technical issues in computing

       Come up with ideas needed to make CS more relevant to you


Through your vote you get to select BoG members and the leadership who meet these requirements.


Why you should vote for me?

I have the enthusiasm and the discipline to make IEEE CS better. I have the humility to listen to other IEEE leaders, to my technical colleagues, and to the IEEE community broadly all across the globe. I have the leadership experience, at Purdue and at IEEE CS as a current BoG member, and the ability to work with teams to decide what are the ideas worth pursuing and then translating these ideas to practice.


How can you vote in the IEEE CS Election?

All members will receive a broadcast email message from sender "" with voting instructions to access their web ballot package information and voting link. IEEE Account username/password is required to access the online ballot. All IEEE members and graduate student members in all regions can vote in this election, undergraduate student members cannot. You can find updates about how to vote at:


My ideas for improving IEEE CS

I believe in the power of passionate people working together, to make our technical community leap to even greater heights. I have demonstrated the work ethic to move my technical community forward through leadership roles in its premier conferences and journals, serving as mentors to many younger colleagues, and through leadership roles in cross-disciplinary centers at Purdue. If elected, I will work tirelessly to increase the relevance of IEEE CS to its members worldwide and to increase the interactions among the members because I believe our technical community is strongest when all of us participate in making the key decisions. I will stress on our board connecting with our members so that we can make our activities to be relevant and cost effective. Here are the 5 initiatives that I will put my energy into. Of these, in my role as a board member (2017-19), I have already had demonstrable accomplishments in items 2 and 4.

1.    I will contain the costs for our conferences, including aggressively expanding the travel grant programs.

2.    I will energize our mentoring program between successful professional CS members and undergraduate and graduate students, together with energizing competitions for our students.

3.    I will include more media-rich platforms for disseminating research discoveries from our conferences and journals.

4.    I will strengthen our international relevance, aided by my ongoing research and institutional collaborations with India and elsewhere.

5.   I will work with our Technical and Conference Activities Board to lead our conferences to have greater impact for academics as well as industrial practitioners.


My life experience

I am a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. I am the Founding Director of a university-wide resilience center at Purdue called CRISP (2017-present). I have been honored to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2018), the Adobe Faculty Award (2017), the AT&T Labs VURI Award (2016), the Google Faculty Award (2015), and the IBM Faculty Award (2014). I am an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2013), a Senior Member of IEEE (2007) and of ACM (2009), and a Distinguished Speaker for ACM (2012). I am a co-lead on a center at Purdue called WHIN, that is bringing large-scale IoT testbeds for digital agriculture and advanced manufacturing to the Indiana region and boosting job opportunities in the high-tech field.

My IEEE activities and accomplishments

I have been serving on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors for the 2017-19 term. I am a core member of the dependability and the computer systems technical communities, represented by TCFT (Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance) and TCDP (Distributed Processing) respectively. I serve on the Steering Committee of DSN, the flagship conference of TCFT and have been PC chair or Organizing Committee member 15 times of conferences representing the above communities. I serve as the chair of the Global IEEE CS Student Challenge competition being organized in 2020 that is seeking to energize students all over the world to work on one of a set of technically challenging problems with winners felicitated at an IEEE CS conference.

Research Expertise

My research interest is in dependable computing and distributed systems. I am proudest of the 21 PhD students who have graduated from my group. In my group, my students and I have way too much fun building and breaking real systems for the greater good. Along the way, this has led to 10 best paper awards or nominations at IEEE/ACM conferences.

I received my MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and my BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, all in Computer Science. I was honored to be selected as the inaugural International Visiting Professor at IIT Kharagpur (2018).