Neeraj Suri

Biography

Neeraj Suri received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He currently holds the Chair Professorship in "Dependable Embedded Systems and Software" at TU Darmstadt, Germany. His earlier appointments include the Saab Endowed Chair Professorship, faculty at Boston University and multiple sabbaticals at Microsoft Research.
 
His research interests focus on design, analysis and assessment of distributed dependable systems and software. His research emphasizes composite issues of dependability and security for SW/OS, verification/validation of protocols and especially "trusted/secure systems by design". His group's research activities have garnered sustained support from the European Commission (projects, international cooperation activities, evaluation and advisory boards), German Science Foundation (DFG), US-NSF, US-DARPA, US-ONR, Microsoft, Hitachi, IBM, NASA, Boeing, Saab, Volvo, SSF, Vinnova, Daimler Chrysler among many others. He is also a recipient of the US-NSF CAREER award, Microsoft and also the IBM Faculty Award.
 
Suri currently serves as the associate Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Trans. on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC) and an inaugural editorial board member for TDSC. He also serves on the editorial boards for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, ACM Computing Surveys, Journal of Security and Networks, and has been an editor for the IEEE Trans. on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is a member of IFIP WG 10.4 on Fault Tolerance and Dependability, and on advisory boards for IBM, Intel, NASA, Uppsala University, European Commission RISEPTIS Board for Trust and Security, and a member of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board (TCAAB). He has served as the PC Chair for multiple IEEE conferences such as DSN/DCCS, SRDS, HASE, ISAS, Microsoft-TUD RAF, and ICDCS.
 
Additional professional details are available at:
http://www.deeds.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/suri/activities/activities.html
 
 

Position Statement

The dependability community is faced with both opportunities and challenges.
 
The opportunities arise as computing technology now penetrates virtually all aspects of life. This technology adoption has, in good part, been predicated by our trusting the computing entities (from data centers to mobile communication to tiny sensors) in providing dependable and secure services. The immense growth of this area (hardware, software, services, networking, storage, cloud computing, critical infrastructures, cyber-physical systems, HCI, data mining, security & privacy and many many others) also opens up a vast arena of technical issues to tackle. That our dependability field is immensely relevant, and growing all the more so, is gratifying.
 
The flip side is the challenge that as we actively try to pursue the entire breadth of the rapidly growing technology and application areas, this has also led to a thinning of our focus and distinctiveness as a community. As a sign of dependability & security relevance, numerous competitive new conferences under the “dependability & security” label are appearing and there is hardly any conference of worth that does not cover dependability & security as a theme. This makes it all the more imperative that we need to clearly re-think the technical core themes that define our identity and distinctiveness as a community – both short term and especially long term. Fundamentally, what is the value we, as the dependability community and the key conferences we sponsor notably DSN, represent to industry/researchers/students/policymakers that they should keep and grow their engagement with us for the value and impact we represent.
 
We have three inter-related key issues that deserve direct attention, namely:
 
·         Content: Refine the focus and positioning of the community and the flagship DSN conference. Realistically we can address only a set of core technical issues that defines our distinctiveness, value and impact on the community. This will entail hard choices of defining our scope but this is also reality as we cannot meaningfully cover everything to everyone. Determining the needed (obviously evolving) technology areas and making actual impact there is an activity warranting continual attention and refinement.
 
·         Mechanisms: Refine our conferences & publications mechanisms. We need clear focusing on fewer, crisper and key themes while addressing topical technical areas to stay relevant. In a related spirit, we need more sustained (& online) mechanisms to engage the community on a year-around basis such as regular online fast abstracts, technical developments newsletter-discussion fora, data repositories, collaborative testbeds etc. These are other options are needed for enhanced and sustained engagement for the community.
 
·         Community: Grow the community spanning researchers, industry, policymakers and especially students.  Our outreach activities  in mentoring students and building our relevance to industry offers considerable growth potential as the technical spread blooms. For the latter, we need to pro-actively market our value and to engage industry for grand challenges and visionary scoping of upcoming industry problems where academia and especially the emerging cadre of young researches can be key participants. The current era of large scale systems is legacy of our having done this very well in the past. We need to drive it even stronger for the future. Our future as a community is the young researchers whom we need to actively engage more and more. We need to develop our roles of not only providing a stimulating forum for them to want to attend and to get excited about the challenges and their potential for impact. 
 
The challenge is to make TCFT & DSN THE avenue for interest, advances and impact for the dependability community.