Balasubramanian wins ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award |

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

The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding research or product contributions in the field of mobile computing early in their career. Professor Balasubramanian received the award, “in recognition of her significant contributions to mobile systems and mobile web performance, and her mentorship and leadership efforts in enhancing 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 the performance of mobile Internet and other aspects of mobile computing,” said Samir Das, chair of the Department of Computer Science. “Her work is both technically insightful and socially relevant. We are proud of its recognition by ACM SIGMOBILE. Her leadership will continue to inspire research into mobile computing at Stony Brook.”

Several Balasubramaian research projects have strong societal components. Her dissertation was about improving internet access during extreme interruptions – disconnections due to lack of infrastructure or due to natural disasters. She demonstrated how the operating system can be modified to customize smartphone interactions for blind users for significant energy savings. She is currently studying the critical problem of sustainable natural language processing (NLP) by modeling the energy consumption of large NLP applications that require massive amounts of energy.

The Rockstar award is just one of many that Balasubramaian has received, including a award for best paper 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 Prize Applied Network Research (ANRP) and a Google Research Award.

Balasubramaian was also recognized as one of Stony Brook University’s Inspirational Female Faculty.

Read the full story on the website of the Informatics department.

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