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Prof. Rajiv Ranjan is an Australian-British computer scientist, of Indian origin, known for his research in Distributed Systems (Cloud Computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things). He is University Chair Professor for the Internet of Things research in the School of Computing of Newcastle University, United Kingdom.  He is the director of Networked and Ubiquitous Systems Engineering (NUSE) Group, jointly with Dr. Graham Morgan, in the School of Computing. He is also the Academic Director of School of Computing and the Research Director of Newcastle Urban Observatory. He is an internationally established scientist in the area of Distributed Systems (having published about 300 scientific papers).  

Prof. Ranjan is ranked by Microsoft Academic as one of the Top Authors in Cloud Computing, Big Data, Quality of Service, Resource Management, and Services Computing.  He has secured more than $24 Million+ AUD (£12 Million+ GBP, with collaborators) in the form of competitive research grants from both public and private agencies. He is an innovator with strong and sustained academic and industrial impact and a globally recognized R&D leader with the proven track record. He serves on the editorial boards of top quality international journals including IEEE Transactions on Computers (2014-2016), IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing,  ACM Computing Surveys, ACM Transactions on the Internet of Things, The Computer (Oxford University), The Computing (Springer) and Future Generation Computer Systems (2012-2020).

He led the Blue Skies section (department, 2014-2019) of IEEE Cloud Computing, where his principal role was to identify and write about most important, cutting-edge research issues at the intersection of multiple, inter-dependent research disciplines within distributed systems research area including Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Edge Computing.

Before moving to Newcastle University, he was Julius Fellow (2013-2015),  Senior Research Scientist (equivalent to Senior Lecturer in Australian/UK University Grading System) and Project Leader in the Digital Productivity and Services Flagship of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO – Australian Government’s Premier Research Agency).  Prior to that, he was a Senior Research Associate (Lecturer level B) in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Dr. Ranjan was awarded an integrated Masters and Ph.D. (2003-2008) by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering,  the University of Melbourne. The University of Melbourne ranks top #40 in the world and #1 in Australia, when averaging the world’s major rankings in the last 5 years. Dr. Ranjan was awarded a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree  (2003, Scoring 79% – First Class with Distinction, GPA 3.97/4.0, first rank in the class and across the engineering faculty disciplines) by the North Gujarat University. He completed primary (CBSE, A1 Grades in all subjects in std 10) and secondary education (CBSE, A1 Grades in Maths and Physics in std 12) from K V Sivasagar, Assam, India (1987-1990), K V Panvel, Maharashtra, India (1990-1996), and  K V Mehsana, Gujarat, India (1996-1998). 

Dr. Ranjan’s research excellence is evidenced by following recognitions and awards.

  1. He was conferred 2019 IEEE TCSVC Rising Star Award.  This award annually recognizes only one researcher from either academia or industry who has demonstrated outstanding contributions (publications, citations, grant record, community service) to the field of Services Computing.
  2. The IEEE Systems Journal selected his paper for 2019 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Systems Council. This award is given annually to the papers deemed the best among those published in the IEEE Systems Journal during the preceding calendar year.
  3. He was conferred 2018 IEEE TCCPS Early Career Award.  This award annually recognizes only one researcher from either academia or industry who has demonstrated outstanding contributions (publications, citations, grant record, community service) to the field of Cyber-Physical System (CPS).
  4. Moreover, he was also conferred 2016 IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing (Middle Career Researcher) in recognition of his research leadership in terms of quality of publications, citations, community service, teaching, research supervision, and grant record.
  5. One of his journal papers has received “2009 Outstanding Paper on New Communications Topic Award” from the IEEE Communications Society, USA.
  6. He received “Best Paper Award” from IEEE HPCC 2013 Conference for his seminal work on extending traditional data analysis algorithms to detect access patterns for massive data processing applications.
  7. The IEEE Systems Journal selected his paper for 2018 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Systems Council. This award is given annually to the papers deemed the best among those published in the IEEE Systems Journal during the preceding calendar year.
  8. 2017 Elsevier High Quality Research Paper, G-Hadoop paper (Available at: 10.1016/j.future.2012.09.001) selected by Elsevier for celebrating the Chinese Computer Science Research landscape in the last five years.
  9. In 2011 University of New South Wales conferred “Goldstar Award” recognizing his excellent research outcomes.
  10. Julius Career Award” was given to Dr. Ranjan by his current employer CSIRO for his exceptional publication record, leadership potential and ability to attract talented Postdoctoral Fellows and Ph.D. Students.
  11. Recently (April 2014), he was judged as one of the 3 finalists for the “2014 ICT Young Professional of the Year Award” (a Nationally Competitive award Administered by Australian Government for recognizing excellent work in the ICT sector).

During 2001-2002, he worked as a software engineer (research intern) on a very prestigious project of  Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), India. PRL is a National Research Institute for space and allied sciences, supported mainly by Department of SpaceGovernment of India. In particular, he worked on the project titled “Software Development for Characterisation of Detectors of SoXS payload, and Image Processing and Data Analysis acquired from SoXS mission.” This software was used to analyze the data sent by the SoXS (Solar X-ray Spectrometer) payload of the GSAT-2 satellite.

He is an Australian Citizen (through naturalisation),  Overseas Citizen of India, and  a Permanent Resident of the United Kingdom (through naturalisation). He was born in a very small village (Hakimpur) located in the Vaishali District of the Bihar State Province of India. 

Appointments 

Academic Director (September 2020 – )
School of Computing

Research Director (May 2020 – )
Newcastle Urban Observatory

Discipline Head (September 2019 – )       
Networked and Ubiquitous Systems Engineering
School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK

Chair (Professor)  Internet of Things  (August 2018 – )
School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK

Associate Fellow  (Dec 2017 – )
The Higher Education Academy, UK

Reader (September 2015 – July 2018)
School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK

Chair Professor (December 2015 – )
School of Computer, China University of Geosciences, China

Chair, Advisory Board (March 2014 –  December 2018)
Blue Skies Department, IEEE Cloud Computing

Honorary Associate Professor [Level D] (October 15, 2016 – )
Research School of Computer Science, Australian National University

Visiting Scientist (September 2015 – August 2018)
Data61 (previously Digital Productivity Flagship), CSIRO

Julius Fellow (July 2013 – August 2015)
Office of Chief Executive (OCE), CSIRO

Senior Research Scientist [CSOF 6] (July 2013 –  August 2015)
Digital Productivity and Services Flagship, CSIRO

Adjunct Senior Lecturer [Level C] (October 15, 2011 – )
School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales

Adjunct Honorary Fellow [Level B] (January 2014 -)
Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne

Publication Highlights 

His papers have appeared at selective, highly reputed (as per CORE/ERA Ranking) venues including ACM Computing Surveys (ERA A*, SCI Impact Factor 6.7), IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (ERA A*), IEEE Transactions on Computers (ERA A*),  Journal of Computer and System Sciences (ERA A*), ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (ERA A*), IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (SCI Impact Factor 6.7), IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (SCI Impact Factor 3.8), IEEE Cloud Computing, IEEE Internet Computing (ERA A),  IEEE Computer (ERA A), IEEE Systems, Future Generation Computer Systems (ERA A), IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (#1 Computer Science and Electronics based on its SCI impact factor – 17.18), Journal of Computer Networks and Applications (JNCA), Journal of Software Practice and Experience (ERA A), and Journal of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (ERA A).

In his field, fully refereed conference publications are also highly valued. Some conferences have acceptance rates below 20%, and many seminal works in his area are published in conference proceedings. In this context, his papers have also appeared in top international conferences including IEEE/ACM International World Wide Web (WWW, CORE A*) Conference, IEEE International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP, CORE A), International Conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB, CORE A*), IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS, CORE A), IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC, CORE A), Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS, CORE A)  and IEEE/ACM International Conference on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGRID, CORE A), and ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM, CORE A).

Citation Highlights

hindex = 54, i10-index = 178 Total Citations = 17000+ (Source – Google Scholar Profile as on 15/06/2020)

hindex = 41, Total Citations = 9000+  (Source – Scopus Profile on 15/06/2020)

hindex = 35, Total Citations = 6000+  (Source – Web of Science Profile, as on 15/06/2020)