M. Balakrishnan is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at I.I.T. Delhi. He obtained his B.E.(Hons.) in Electronics & Electrical Engg. from BITS Pilani with I rank in 1977 and Ph.D. from EE Dept. IIT Delhi in 1985. He worked as a Scientist in CARE, IIT Delhi from 1977 to 1985 where he was involved in designing and implementing real-time DSP systems. For the last 22 years, he is involved in teaching and research in the areas of digital systems design, electronic design automation and embedded systems. He has supervised 10 Ph.D. students, more than hundred B.Tech. and M.Tech students and published nearly 100 conference and journal papers. Further, he has held visiting positions in University of Guelph (Canada), University of Syracuse (USA), University of Kiel (Germany) and University of Dortmund (Germany). At IIT Delhi he has held many administrative positions including Head (CSE department) (2002-2005), Dean(Post Graduate Studies & Research)(2006-2009) and Deputy Director (Faculty) (2009-2012). He has been on the board of several companies and active in ACM and VLSI Society of India. More recently the focus of his work has been in development of affordable assistive devices for visually impaired. He is involved in a number of projects that can enhance safe mobility as well as assist in education. SmartCane is the first product from the ASSISTECH group that has been launched as a product.
Embedded Systems, Assitive Technology, EDA and System Level Design, Computer Architecture