The Salata Institute Seed Grant Program, initiated in April to foster interdisciplinary research in climate and sustainability, has announced its inaugural group of recipients. This program will provide funding to 19 faculty members from seven Harvard Schools for a variety of projects, including the development of a novel algae-based building insulation material and an investigation into the carbon emissions associated with AI-driven computing.
Professor Vijay Janapa Reddi, an associate professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University is one of the recipients of this grant.
Reddi is leading a project at Harvard's Science & Engineering Complex in collaboration with an expert in applied machine learning systems. This initiative involves the deployment of miniature machine-learning sensors throughout the SEC to investigate resource consumption and waste generation. It facilitates real-time monitoring and analysis, creating opportunities for discussions and education among STEM students regarding climate change and sustainability. The data collected will empower students to make informed decisions, encouraging the adoption of eco-friendly practices and the exploration of potential solutions.
His research primarily focuses on mobile and edge-centric computing systems, with a particular emphasis on cloud computing aspects, especially in the context of edge computing and his students' research interests. He serves as the director of the Edge Computing Lab at Harvard and holds a problem-solving-oriented approach, transcending specific domains or fields within computing, whether it's hardware or software.
Before his tenure at Harvard University, he served as an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin from 2011 to 2018. His affiliation with Harvard University began in the spring of 2019. He completed his postgraduate studies in Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and was awarded his Ph.D. from Harvard.