Prof. Divyakant Agrawal received a B.E.(Hons.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS, Pilani)-India in 1980, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He is on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara since 1987.
He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Computer Science Department at UCSB. Dr. Agrawal's research interests are in the areas of distributed systems and databases. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications on the topics related to Transaction Processing, Distributed Algorithms and Asynchronous Systems, Digital Libraries, Fault-tolerant Systems and Replicated Databases, Scalable I/O Techniques for Multimedia Data, Efficient Indexing and Retrieval of Multimedia Data, Workflow Management Systems, etc. His current research activities are focused in the areas of hardware acceleration of spatial operations, peer-to-peer data sharing architectures, bioinformatics, query processing over data-streams, and data mining and online analytical processing. Dr. Agrawal has served in various capacities on the Program Committees of numerous conferences, symposia, and workshops. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of an international journal on Distributed and Parallel Databases (Kluwer). He and his co-authors received the best-paper award in ICDE 2002, for the paper "Exploring Spatial Datasets with Histograms". Dr. Agrawal also holds Visiting Senior Research Scientist position at NEC Computing and Communication Research Laboratories.