Srikanta Tirthapura

is an associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, with a courtesy appointment in Computer Science. He is also a part of the Software Engineering Faculty.

He received his B.Tech. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1996, and his Ph.D., also in Computer Science, from Brown University in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Maurice Herlihy. In the summer of 2013, he was a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge working on Algorithms and Systems for Big Data Analytics. In 2009 and 2010, he worked as a Consulting Member of Technical Staff at Oracle Corporation.

He has published more than 60 papers in top-tier conferences and journals in databases, distributed systems, and algorithms, such as (ACM conferences) SPAA, PODS, PODC, CIKM, and DEBS, and (IEEE Conferences) ICDCS, IPDPS, ICDE, etc, and holds four US patents in the area of data mining and distributed systems.

He received the IBM Faculty Award twice, once in 2014 and once in 2013, and the Warren B. Boast Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2012.



He is interested in designing algorithms and software for analysis of massive data sets. In particular, he works on developing methods for real-time analysis of large data streams. Current projects:

Here is a list of Publications and Patents.


In Spring 2015, he will be teaching SE/CprE 419x: Software Tools for Large Scale Data Analysis, and its associated laboratory. This is a practice-oriented course that introduces the student to software techniques for large scale data analysis, including the "Hadoop" stack of software, and tools for Streaming Data Analysis.

In Spring 2015, he will also be teaching CprE 528: "Probabilistic Methods in Computer Engineering"

Other Recent Courses

For earlier courses, see here.

Current and Recent Professional Activities

  • Review Board for VLDB 2016 (International Conference on Very Large Databases)
  • Program Committee of CIKM 2015: ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
  • Program Committee of IPDPS 2015: 29th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium
  • Program Committee of SOFSEM 2015: International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science
  • Invited Speaker at Workshop on Streaming Graph Algorithms, Sandia National Labs, Oct 2014
  • Program Committee of CIKM 2014: ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (Knowledge Management Track)
  • Program Committee of BDA 2014: Third International Conference on Big Data Analytics
  • Review Board for VLDB 2014 (International Conference on Very Large Databases)
  • PAKDD 2014, Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

  • For earlier professional service, see here.

    Contact Information

    Office: Room 3212, Coover Hall, Iowa State University
    Mailing Address: 2215, Coover Hall, Dept. of ECE, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
    Email: snt at iastate dot edu
    (Voice) (515) 294-3546
    (FAX) (515) 294-3637

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