Kunj Champaneri

Institution/Organization: Slippery Rock University

Department: Computer Science

Academic Status: Undergraduate Student

What conference theme areas are you interested in:

Applications in science, engineering, and industry;
High-performance computing, emerging architectures and programming paradigms


Computing and their immense diversity have interested me thoroughly. In particular, complex heterogeneous high performance computing environment, scientific and big data applications executing on these computing systems are of my academic and professional interest. I am interested in looking into computing power through clusters and how to optimize it so that we can use the optimizations and parallelization in order to solve large and multiplex problems. I love programming as it is challenging and to look at the cyber-security aspect as it helps me to see the many other applications of the computing domain. There is always something to dig up and look for as the field is gigantic. I feel like that if I have the skills and knowledge then I can program many compute intensive applications and try to further research in this area. I would also like to investigate all platforms such as Artificial intelligence, Parallel Computing and Cyber security in deep.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests:

Something which I really like to do in my spare time is to solve problematical puzzles like the Rubikâ’s cube as it keeps pushing me to become a better problem solver and keeps my mind active. Furthermore, it creates a brain-storming atmosphere with a sense of curiosity to think creative and developing a mindset for successful learning. In addition to that, I also had the opportunity to organize HPC workshops with my Advisor and Mentor Dr. Nitin Sukhija who has experience in organizing HPC workshops globally. As the president of the Computer Technology Club (CTC) at Slippery rock university we also try to involve and engage students into the Computing field by organizing activities, meet-ups and Field trips. Moreover, I also had the opportunity to volunteer in the Advance Institute for STEM workshops which were held at Slippery rock university and Assisted faculty in a series of workshops for students in grades 2 – 12.