Associate Professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Program Director for the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSc(IT)) program
Departmental Research Area
Networking & Computer Systems
Individual Research Interest
Embedded systems; high speed networks; stochastic Petri nets.
Prof Muppala received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC in 1991, the MS degree in Computer Engineering from The Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Lafayette, LA in 1987 and the BE degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India in 1985.
He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong. He is also currently serving as the program director for the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSc(IT)) program. He also served as the Undergraduate Studies Director in the Computer Science Department for two years from Aug 1999 to Aug 2001, and the Chair of Facilities Committee in the department from Sep 2005 to Aug 2007.
He was previously a Member of the Technical Staff at Software Productivity Consortium (Herndon, Virginia, USA) from 1991 to 1992, where he was involved in the development of modeling techniques for systems and software. While at Duke University, he participated in the development of two modeling tools, the Stochastic Petri Net Package (SPNP) and the symbolic Hierarchical Automated Reliability and Performance Evaluator (SHARPE), both of which are being used in several universities and industry in the USA. (If you are interested in these packages, please contact Prof Kishor Trivedi.)
He was the program co-chair for the 1999 Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing held in Hong Kong in December 1999. He also co-founded and organized The 1st Asia-Pacific Workshop on Embedded System Education and Research (APESER 2007), Hsinchu, Taiwan, 7 Dec 2007. He has also served on program committees of many international conferences.
He received the Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award 2007. He was also awarded the Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award by the Dean of Engineering, HKUST.
Prof Muppala is a Senior Member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Communications Society, and a participating representative from HKUST with EDUCAUSE.