I programming. In the final year, I took Microcomputer

I am
interested to pursue a Sc.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. I have recently
acquired a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts
Lowell. My past experiences with the academia and
its fertile learning environment, have stimulated me to pursue doctoral research
in this school.

            The most endearing feature
of Computer Science is its rich amalgamation of Physical and Mathematical
Science. My first introduction to Computer Science came in higher secondary
school, with Computer Science as a vocational subject. What appealed to me most
was its role in bridging the gap, between the abstract and the manifested.
As a step forward, I joined the Computer Engineering program at the University of Mumbai. During the program, I played with
physical electronic components and dabbled
with digital design, in the Electronics lab. This coupled with courses like, Operating
Systems – that deal with running the hardware,
fueled my interest in systems engineering, which I would like to call platform engineering. In the latter
years I played with microprocessors, like the x86 family, and did projects
involving direct machine programming. In the final year, I took Microcomputer System
Design, as an elective course. In this course I learned to design microcomputer-based
computer systems, catering to user specifications. Advanced Computer
Architecture was my second elective course. In this course, besides studying
supercomputer architectures, I studied the intricacies involved in designing
high performance, efficient computer systems.

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            After graduation, I realized that I
was actually only getting started on my research interest in Computer Science. That
I wanted to go the distance and pursue higher studies in Computer Science
propelled me to apply to the Master’s program. Soon I applied for and got
admitted to the Master’s program in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts
Lowell. The three well spent academic years, here,
have been instrumental in laying the foundation, and providing enough motivation
for me, to pursue research. Courses like Operating Systems, Computer
Architecture and Compiler Construction, provided me with in-depth knowledge of
systems and system software internals. However, my research interest in platform
engineering was fueled primarily in the Robotics-I course, offered in spring
2003 by Prof. Fred Martin. This course introduced me to Embedded Systems and challenged
me with issues faced in embedded systems design. I developed interest in
Embedded Systems, as a platform engineering discipline. During the course, I
was involved in a project titled – iCricket.
This project provided a web-interface to the Handy Cricket embedded system.
Using iCricket, a user can remotely control a sensor/control application, over the
internet. During the summer after graduation, I began working on porting the
Handy Cricket Virtual Machine, from PIC-assembly to MSP430-assembly. This
project also involves integrating a complete TCP/IP stack into the new MSP430
port of the virtual machine. Once completed, it will enable users to create
distributed sensor/control Handy Cricket applications. I would like to pursue
research that will solicit the involvement of Computer Architecture, Embedded
Systems, Operating Systems and Distributed Systems. I would like to contribute
to each of these fields during my research. My primary research platform,
however, will be Embedded Systems. I would like augment my research work with embedded
system prototyping, as proof of concept instruments.   

            Ubiquitous
computing is fundamentally characterized by engaging
computing with the real world. It is a very difficult
integration of human factors, computer science, engineering, and social
sciences*. I am interested in ubiquitous computing as
applied to embedded systems. Embedded Systems enjoy strong presence in
the field of wearable computers, an
instance of ubiquitous computing. I would like base my research on designing cost-effective
low-power wireless sensor networks, using embedded systems. Based on the proven
user-friendly interface of the Handy Cricket, I would like to commence my research
work by studying the effectiveness of Handy Cricket based wearable computers
over wireless media. Such a system, equipped with sensors will aid in remotely
sensing/controlling distant environments. There is already substantial research
and development in wireless sensor networks. I believe, however, that a
wireless Handy Cricket based wearable computer will provide the most cost
effective solution to today’s wearable computing needs.

            As part of my preparatory phase, I am
already in the process of preparing for the Sc.D. qualifier exams. Currently I
am being my own teacher and will soon be starting a study group of like minded
fellow computer science Sc.D. aspirants.

            My ambition is to head a Research
and Development firm involved in designing embedded systems that will borrow
heavily from my research work. I would like to leverage the knowledge and insight
gained from a Sc.D. degree at University
of Massachusetts Lowell,
to further this ambition and make it a reality.