Distinguished chair named after Prof. C.R. Muthukrishnan, former deputy director IITM. (3rd chair of its kind with an endowment of Rs. 10 crore)
IIT Madras alumnus and co-Founder of Infosys, Kris Gopalakrishnan named the 3rd Distinguished Chair in Computational Brain Research after retired Professor from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Prof. C.R. Muthukrishnan.
He had earlier set up 3 Chairs in computational brain research at IIT Madras, with an endowment of Rs. 10 crores each. The three Chairs created at IITM focus on computing aspects--architecture & model of the brain - including the memory/ processor relationship and neuromorphic computing.
Prof. Muthukrishnan, in his acceptance speech, mentioned that he was honoured at the naming, and that "while many of my students went on to become very successful entrepreneurs, the success of Infosys, co-founded by Kris, is a phenomenon unmatched before or since". Prof Muthukrishnan is currently Advisor, Rajalakshmi Engineering College. He has served as Consulting Advisor, TCS, and was in the Tamil Nadu IT Task Force 1998-2001. He has also served as President of the Computer society of India 2000-2002, as Indo-French Scientific Council Member in 2000-2005, and as Director on the Boards of Tidel Park and Indian Bank. He is a Senior Member of ACM, IEEE and ISTE, and Fellow of CSI. He was Chief Editor of Computer Science & Informatics. He is a B.Tech. (Electrical) President of India Gold medalist from IIT Madras, and has earned M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees from IIT Kanpur. He was a faculty member at IIT Madras from 1975 - 2003. He has served as Dean of Academic Courses, and as Deputy Director and Director-in-Charge at IIT Madras.