Agarwal Named CSAIL Director

Anant Agarwal, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT, has been named the next director of CSAIL.

Agarwal will succeed Professor Victor Zue, who has served four years as CSAIL’s director, four years as the lab’s co-director and two years as the director of the Lab for Computer Science (LCS). Agarwal's appointment is effective July 1, 2011.

CSAIL is MIT's largest interdepartmental laboratory, with 900 members and over 100 principal investigators coming from eight departments. School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz, in a letter to the CSAIL community, looked forward to Agarwal's, "vision and enthusiasm as he takes on this important leadership role."

Waitz credited Zue for many years of outstanding leadership at CSAIL, and thanked him for his service and dedication to the lab. Agarwal is looking to build upon Zue’s successful tenure as CSAIL director, which saw the expansion of the lab and the founding of a thriving Industry Affiliates Program, among many other accomplishments.

Agarwal is currently the leader of the Carbon Research Group at CSAIL, which is dedicated to researching and developing operating systems and architectures for multicore and cloud computing. Currently, he leads Project Angstrom, a multidisciplinary research endeavor uniting scientists from top universities and industry collaborators in an effort to develop a new multicore system and computational model for exascale computing. Agarwal is a founder and CTO of Tilera Corporation, where the Tile multicore processor was created. Additionally, he led the development of Raw, an early 16-core tiled multicore processor; Alewife, a scalable multiprocessor; and the VirtualWires project at MIT. Agarwal founded Virtual Machine Works, which was responsible for bringing VirtualWires technology to market.

Agarwal received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he was advised by Stanford University President John Hennessy, and his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.