Dr.Kannan is a Professor of and Chair for Computer and Information Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He represents the School on Ashoka University’s Academic Council, as part of the collaboration between the two institutions.
Dr. Kannan joined Penn Engineering after a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton and four years on the faculty at the University of Arizona.
He is the author of over 150 journal and conference papers, several of which have won best paper awards or been invited to special journal issues. His research interests are broadly in algorithms and complexity. He is also interested in the applications of these theoretical fields to program reliability, computational biology, computer systems and computational game theory.
At Penn Dr.Kannan is a member of the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science and is also active with the Penn Center for Bioinformatics. He plays a prominent mentorship role and has previously been awarded for Outstanding Faculty Advising.
Dr.Kannan received his Bachelor’s Degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and his Master’s at Princeton University before earning his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.