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Rakesh Kumar
Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
(217) 333-5955
208 Coordinated Science Lab

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  • University of California, San Diego. Ph.D in Computer Engineering. Department of Computer Science & Engineering.


Rakesh Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with research and teaching interests in computer architecture, hardware design, and low power, trustworthy and error resilient computer systems. His research and teaching have been recognized through one 10 Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper (MIP) Award (ASPDAC), several best paper awards and best paper award nominations (IEEE MICRO Top Picks, ASPLOS, HPCA, CASES, SELSE, IEEE CAL), Stanley H Pierce Faculty Award, Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman, Ronald W Pratt Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, ARO Young Investigator Award, Arnold O Beckman Award, and UCSD CSE Best Dissertation Award. He previously served as a Co-Founder and Chief Architect at Hyperion Core, Inc, a microprocessor startup aimed at bringing polymorphous grid processor technology to the market. He often writes about issues at the intersection of technology, policy, and society -- his opinion columns frequently appear in leading newspapers and magazines. His technology and education advocacy has been recognized by a Nelson Mandela Leadership Award. Rakesh has a BS from IIT Kharagpur and a PhD from University of California at San Diego.

Academic Positions

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Associate Professor.
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Assistant Professor.

Research Statement

Our work spans all layers of the computing stack - circuits, architectures, compilers, systems, and applications. A typical member of my research group is creative, hardworking, motivated, and ambitious. He/she has strong programming skills, with a background in circuits, CAD, or computer architecture. He/she is open to learning new skills and considers hard problems as particularly interesting. Students who do not fit the above profile are, in general, not good fits.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I am always looking for motivated and exceptional undergraduate students to join my group. Email if you want to do research in computer architecture. See our research/publications pages ( for a sampling of our research. Please attach your CV as well.

Research Interests

  • Fault tolerance, reliability
  • Low power and complexity-effective designs
  • CAD/architecture interactions
  • Computer Architecture

Teaching Honors

  • Stanley H Pierce Faculty Award. 2018.
  • Ronald W. Pratt Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award. 2016.
  • Invited Lecturer. ACACES summer school (also called the HiPEAC summer school). Fiuggi. Italy. July 2016.
  • Invited Visiting Lecturer. The 4th International Summer School on Computer Science. School of Computer, National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). China. July 2011.
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. Spring 2013. Spring 2015. Fall 2016, Fall 2018, .....

Research Honors

  • 2020 TCCA/SIGARCH ISCA Influential Paper Award.
  • 10 Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper (MIP). ASPDAC. 2020.
  • Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. 2019.
  • IEEE MICRO Top Picks Award. 2018. (Recognizes the 12 best papers published in 2017 in computer architecture conferences)
  • Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman. 2018.
  • Best Paper Award. 22nd ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems. 2017.
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker. IBM Research - India. (2016)
  • Best Paper. SELSE. The 12th Workshop on Silicon Errors in Logic – System Effects. 2016.
  • Wilson Lecture. ECE Department. University of Minnesota (2014).
  • Best of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters. 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker. The Workshop on Stochastic Modelling and Computing for Weather and Climate Prediction. March, 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker. The 7th Workshop on Compiler Assisted SoC Assembly (CASA). 2012.
  • ARO Young Investigator Award, 2012
  • Best Paper Award Nomination. The 18th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), 2012.
  • Keynote Speaker. The 2nd Workshop on Resilient Architectures(WRA). 2011.
  • Best Paper Award. International Conference on Compilers, Architectures, and Synthesis of Embedded Systems (CASES). 2011.
  • Best Paper in Session Award. SRC TECHCON. 2011, 2014, 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker. The 5th Workshop on Dependable and Secure Nanocomputing (WSDN). 2011.
  • Keynote Speaker. The 4th IEEE Workshop on Low Power Design Impact on Test and Reliability. 2011.
  • Arnold O Beckman Research Award, 2009
  • FAA Creative Research Award, 2008
  • UC San Diego CSE Dissertation Award, 2007. Nominated for ACM Distinguished Dissertation Award.
  • IBM PhD Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • Jagdish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholarship, 1997-2001

Public Service Honors

  • OpEd "India's science and technology funding: Time for a rethink?" selected for Nature India Annual volume 2019, which includes "the best research highlights, news, features, commentaries and opinion pieces published through the year." 2020.
  • Nelson Mandela Leadership Award. 2018. (for technology and education advocacy)

Other Honors

  • Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award (2018)
  • Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award (2017)
  • Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award (2016.)
  • Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award (2013)

Courses Taught

  • CSE 521 - Computer Architecture
  • ECE 411 - Computer Organization & Design
  • ECE 445 - Senior Design Project Lab
  • ECE 511 - Computer Architecture

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