Blesson VargheseQueen's University Belfast
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Queen's University, Belfast, UK
varghese@qub.ac.uk
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I am passionate about advancing computing by tackling scientific and societal challenges.
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BIOGRAPHY

ABOUT ME

I am a Research Fellow in Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast, UK, working on developing state-of-the-art energy efficient high-performance computing systems and software. I am a Member of the ESRC Peer Review College and was selected into the Scottish Crucible 2015. I have obtained awards, scholarships and grants totalling over £180,000.

My wife Jessica and I were married in England shortly after I finished my PhD. We made our first home in Canada and then moved to Scotland where our beautiful twin daughters, Ariella and Anna, were born. We now enjoy living in N. Ireland.

It is my sincerest desire that every part of my life should reflect devoted commitment to my Lord Jesus Christ, whose wondrous cross has forever touched my heart.


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RESUME

  • EDUCATION
  • 2009
    2011
    Reading, UK

    PHD - COMPUTER SCIENCE

    UNIVERSITY OF READING

    Investigated automated fault tolerance for exascale computing systems on multiple international scholarships.
  • 2007
    2008
    Reading, UK

    MSC - NETWORK CENTERED COMPUTING

    UNIVERSITY OF READING

    Awarded a distinction for designing and developing algorithms for pattern formation of distributed robot systems on the Felix Scholarship.
  • 2002
    2006
    Trivandrum, India

    B.TECH - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

    GOVT. ENGINEERING COLLEGE, KERALA UNIVERSITY

    Graduated with a first rank and distinction after being placed in the top 1% of students taking a state-wide entrance examination
  • ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
  • 2016
    Present
    Belfast, UK

    RESEARCH FELLOW

    QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

    Exploring techniques for developing energy efficient high-performance computing systems and software.
  • 2013
    2015
    St Andrews, UK

    RESEARCH FELLOW

    BIG DATA LAB, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

    Developed a cloud Virtual Machine (VM) benchmarking methodology for modelling performance of VMs and contributed to developing automated techniques for scheduling telescopes on the cloud for exoplanetary search.
  • 2012
    2013
    Halifax, Canada

    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

    RISK ANALYTICS LAB, DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

    Developed scalable financial risk simulations on multi-core and many-core heterogeneous computing platforms.
  • 2006
    2007
    Chennai, India

    MEMBER TECHNICAL STAFF

    HCL TECHNOLOGIES LTD. FOR KLA-TENCOR CORP., USA

    Designed, developed and tested software components for the Scanning Electron Microscope technology in the semiconductor domain.
  • HONORS AND AWARDS
  • GRANTS

  • 2016
    Belfast, UK

    TEACHING FELLOWSHIP

    GBP 3,000

    To pursue teaching activities at the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
  • 2016
    Belfast, UK

    SUMMER INTERNSHIP STUDENT

    EUR 5,007

    Grant from Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Government of Spain to work with a student from the Technical University of Valencia.
  • 2016
    2018
    St Andrews, UK

    SCOTTISH CRUCIBLE GRANT

    GBP 4,800

    Collaborator with Dr Marissa Wilson, Dr Emma Bond and Dr Robin Sloan on the interdisciplinary project - "Sugaropolis: Transnational Foodways and Dietary Change in Scotland".
  • 2014
    2015
    St Andrews, UK

    IMPACT ACCELERATION ACCOUNT AWARD

    GBP 33,223

    Joint PI with Dr Adam Barker for developing Cloud Bench. Developer - Mr Long Thai.
  • 2014
    2015
    St Andrews, UK

    MICROSOFT AZURE RESEARCH AWARD

    USD 40,000

    PI for exploring catastrophic risk simulations on Azure.
  • 2013
    2014
    St Andrews, UK

    NVIDIA RESEARCH AWARD

    EQUIVALENT to GBP 11,000

    PI with Prof Peter Donnelly to examine big data methods for understanding public sentiment as expressed via social media in response to gun violence. Developer - Ms. Nan Wang
  • 2013
    2014
    St Andrews, UK

    AMAZON WEB SERVICES AWARD

    USD 10,000

    PI to explore public clouds for financial risk simulations.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 2015
    St Andrews, UK

    SCOTTISH CRUCIBLE

    COMPETITIVE AWARD EQUIVALENT TO GBP 3,000

    Selected to participate in a research and leadership programme for early career researchers in Scotland sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Funding Council.
  • 2010
    2011
    Reading, UK

    UNIVERSITY OF READING INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

    GBP 49,000

    PhD scholarship covering international tuition fees and living expenses.
  • 2008
    2009
    Reading, UK

    CENTRE FOR ADVANCED COMPUTING AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES (ACET) SCHOLARSHIP

    GBP 24,500

    PhD scholarship covering international tuition fees and living expenses.
  • 2007
    2008
    Reading, UK

    FELIX SCHOLARSHIP

    GBP 27,800

    A highly competitive scholarship covering international tuition fees, living expenses and return air fare to India along with allowances for clothing and books for pursuing my MSc.
  • TRAVEL AND SUPPORT

  • 2014
    St Andrews, UK

    IEEE TRAVEL AWARD

    USD 2,500

    Competitive award for attending the IEEE International Conference on eScience (IEEE eScience), Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2014.
  • 2013
    St Andrews, UK

    IEEE TRAVEL AWARD

    USD 650

    Competitive award for attending the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData), Santa Clara, USA, 2013.
  • 2012
    Halifax, Canada

    SIAM TRAVEL AWARD

    USD 550

    Competitive award for attending the Parallel Processing on Scientific Computing Conference, Savannah, USA, 2012.
  • 2011
    Reading, UK

    JULICH SUPERCOMPUTING CENTRE TRAVEL AWARD

    EUR 600

    Competitive award for attending training on Fast Methods for Long-Range Interactions in Complex Systems, Julich, Germany.
  • 2010
    Reading, UK

    JAIST TRAVEL AWARD

    GBP 3,000

    Competitive award for attending training on Locomotive and Cooperative Robotics, Kanazawa, Japan.
  • 2010
    Reading, UK

    CENTRE FOR ADVANCED COMPUTING AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES (ACET) TRAVEL AWARD

    GBP 600

    Competitive award for attending training on Deployment of Remote Instrumentation Infrastructure (DORII),Austria.
  • INDUSTRY

  • 2004
    Trivandrum, India

    MICROSOFT STUDENT AWARD

    COMPETITIVE AWARD ENTITLED STUDENT CHAMP

    Awarded honorary scroll and training to developer tools.
  • 1999
    Cochin, India

    ALL INDIA MATH OLYMPIAD

    SILVER MEDAL WINNER

    Awarded from over a million participants.
  • 1995
    Doha, Qatar

    UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

    WINNER OF ANNUAL UN INFORMATION TEST

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PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS LIST
2016

Journal Paper Accepted Blesson Varghese, O. Akgun, I. Miguel, L. Thai and A. Barker
2016

Multi-Tenant Virtual GPUs for Optimising Performance

Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC), 2016. [IF: 1.213]


Journal Paper Accepted J. Prades, Blesson Varghese, C. Reano, F. Silla
2016

Challenges and Opportunities in Edge Computing

IEEE International Conference on Smart Cloud (IEEE SmartCloud), 2016. Acceptance Rate: 29%


Conferences Accepted B. Varghese, N. Wang, S. Barbhuiya, P. Kilpatrick, D. Nikolopoulos
2016

DocLite: A Docker-Based Lightweight Cloud Benchmarking Tool

IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (IEEE/ACM CCGrid), Colombia, 2016 . Acceptance Rate: 20%


Conferences Accepted Blesson Varghese, L. Subba, L. Thai, A. Barker
2016

Algorithms for Optimising Heterogeneous Cloud Virtual Machine Clusters

IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology (IEEE CloudCom), Luxembourg, 2016. Acceptance rate: 26%


Conferences Accepted L. Thai, Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2016

Container-based Cloud Virtual Machine Benchmarking

IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IEEE IC2E), Germany, 2016. Acceptance Rate (17/73): 23%


Conferences Accepted Blesson Varghese, L. Subba, L. Thai, A. Barker
2016

A Machine Learning Analysis of Twitter Sentiment to the Sandy Hook Shootings

IEEE International Conference on eScience (IEEE eScience), USA, 2016.


Conferences Accepted N. Wang, Blesson Varghese, P. D. Donnelly
2016

Minimising the Execution of Unknown Bag-of-Task Jobs with Deadlines on the Cloud

7th International Workshop on Data-intensive Distributed Computing (DIDC), in conjunction with the 25th International ACM Symposium on High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (ACM HPDC), 2016.


Conferences Accepted L. Thai, Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2015

RBioCloud: A Light-Weight Framework for Bioconductor and R-based Jobs on the Cloud

IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Volume 12, Issue 4, 2015, pp. 871-878. [IF: 1.616]

Software available from http://www.rbiocloud.com.

Journal Paper Blesson Varghese, I. Patel, A. Barker
2015

The Hardware Accelerator Debate: A Financial Risk Case Study Using Many-Core Computing

Computers and Electrical Engineering, Vol. 46, 2015, pp. 157-175 [IF: 1.008]


Journal Paper Blesson Varghese
2015

Computing Probable Maximum Loss in Catastrophe Reinsurance Portfolios on Multi-Core and Many-Core Architectures

Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 2015 [IF: 1.000]


Journal Paper N. Burke, A. Rau-Chaplin, Blesson Varghese
2015

Acceleration-as-a-Service: Exploiting Virtualised GPUs in HPC Clusters for a Financial Application

IEEE International Conference on eScience (IEEE eScience), Germany, 2015. Acceptance rate: 25%


Conferences Blesson Varghese, J. Prades, C. Reano, F. Silla
2015

Budget Constrained Execution of Multiple Bag-of-Tasks Applications on the Cloud

IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (IEEE CLOUD), USA, 2015


Conferences L. Thai, Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2015

Cloud-based e-Infrastructure for Scheduling Astronomical Observations

IEEE International Conference on eScience (IEEE eScience), Germany, 2015. Acceptance rate: 25%


Conferences J. Wetter, O. Akgun, A. Barker, M. Dominik, I. Miguel, Blesson Varghese
2015

Cloud Services Brokerage: A Survey and Research Roadmap

IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (IEEE CLOUD), USA, 2015


Conferences A. Barker, Blesson Varghese, L. Thai
2015

Executing Bag of Distributed Tasks on Virtually Unlimited Cloud Resources

International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science (CLOSER), Portugal, 2015. Acceptance rate: 15%


Conferences L. Thai, Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2015

Task Scheduling on the Cloud with Hard Constraints

Visionary Track of the IEEE 11th World Congress on Services (IEEE SERVICES), USA, 2015


Conferences L. Thai, Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2014

Journal Paper Blesson Varghese, G. McKee, V. N. Alexandrov
2014

Are Clouds Ready to Accelerate Ad hoc Financial Simulations?

International Symposium on Big Data Computing (BDC), in conjunction with the 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2014), London, UK, 2014. Acceptance rate (9/40): 22%

Nominated for Best Paper Award

Conferences Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2014

Cloud Benchmarking for Performance

6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology (IEEE CloudCom), Singapore, 2014. Acceptance rate (54/301): 18%


Conferences Blesson Varghese, O. Akgun, I. Miguel, L. Thai, A. Barker
2014

Executing Bag of Distributed Tasks on the Cloud: Investigating the Trade-offs Between Performance and Cost

6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology (IEEE CloudCom), Singapore, 2014. Acceptance rate (54/301): 18%


Conferences L. Thai, Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2014

Optimal Deployment of Geographically Distributed Workflow Engines on the Cloud

Workshop of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology (IEEE CloudCom), Singapore, 2014, pp. 811-816.


Conferences L. Thai, A. Barker, Blesson Varghese, O. Akgun, I. Miguel
2014

Academic Cloud Computing Research: Five Pitfalls and Five Opportunities

6th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing (HotCloud), Philadelphia, USA, 2014. Acceptance rate (22/72): 30%


Conferences A. Barker, Blesson Varghese, J. S. Ward, I. Sommerville
2014

BigExcel: A Web-Based Framework for Exploring Big Data in Social Sciences

Big Humanities Workshop of the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData), Washington DC, USA, 2014.


Conferences M. A. Saleem, Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2013

Developing and Testing the Automated Post-Event Earthquake Loss Estimation and Visualisation (APE-ELEV) Technique

Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, August 2013. [IF: 1.560]

A demo of APE-ELEV can be found here.

Journal Paper A. Astoul, C. Filliter, E. Mason, A. Rau-Chaplin, K. Shridhar, Blesson Varghese, N. Varshney
2013

Accelerating R-based Analytics on the Cloud

Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, May 2013. [IF: 0.845]


Journal Paper I. Patel, A. Rau-Chaplin, Blesson Varghese
2013

Accounting for Secondary Uncertainty: Efficient Computation of Portfolio Risk Measures on Multi and Many Core Architectures

Workshop Proceedings of the International Conference of High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC), Denver, USA, 2013.


Conferences Blesson Varghese, A. Rau-Chaplin
2013

QuPARA: Query-Driven Large-Scale Portfolio Aggregate Risk Analysis on MapReduce

Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData), Santa Clara, USA, 2013. Acceptance rate (54/259): 20%.


Conferences A. Rau-Chaplin, Blesson Varghese, D. Wilson, Z. Yao, N. Zeh
2013

Royal Birth of 2013: Analysing and Visualising Public Sentiment in the UK Using Twitter

Workshop Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData), Santa Clara, USA, 2013.

Key results are summarised here.

Conferences V. D. Nguyen, Blesson Varghese, A. Barker
2013

High Performance Risk Aggregation: Addressing the Data Processing Challenge the Hadoop MapReduce Way

Workshop Proceedings of the 22nd International ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (ACM HPDC), New York, USA, 2013.


Conferences A. Rau-Chaplin, Blesson Varghese, Z. Yao
2013

Achieving Speedup in Real-time Aggregate Risk Analysis using Multiple GPUs

Proceedings of the 42nd International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP), Lyon, France, 2013. Acceptance rate: 24%.


Conferences A. Bahl, O. Baltzer, A. Rau-Chaplin, Blesson Varghese, A. Whiteway
2011

Can Agent Intelligence be used to Achieve Fault Tolerant Parallel Computing Systems?

Parallel Processing Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 4, 2011, pp. 379-396.


Journal Paper Blesson Varghese, G. McKee, V. N. Alexandrov
2010

A Mathematical Model, Implementation and Study of a Swarm System

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal, Vol.58, Issue 3, 2010, pp.287-294. [IF: 1.615]


Journal Paper Blesson Varghese, G. McKee
2010

Implementing Intelligent Cores using Processor Virtualization for Fault Tolerance

10th International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010.


Conferences Blesson Varghese, G. McKee, V. Alexandrov
2010

Intelligent Agents for Fault Tolerance: From Multi-Agent Simulation to Cluster-based Implementation

24th International Conference on Advanced Information, Networking and Applications (AINA), Perth, Australia, 2010, pp. 985-990.


Conferences Blesson Varghese, G. McKee, V. Alexandrov
2009

Swarm Pattern Transformation Methodologies

IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium (IEEE SIS), Nashville, USA, 2009, pp. 145-152.


Conferences Blesson Varghese, G. McKee
2009

A Swarm Pattern Transformation method based on Macroscopic Parameter Operation

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (IEEE ROBIO), Bangkok, Thailand, 2009, pp. 1164-1169.


Conferences Blesson Varghese, G. McKee
2009

Investigating Feasible Tools for Swarm Pattern Transformation

2nd International Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination (RoboComm), Odense, Denmark, 2009.


Conferences Blesson Varghese, G. McKee
2009

Investigating a Mathematical Tool for Swarm Pattern Transformation

3rd International Conference on Complex Distributed Systems, Leipzig, Germany, 2009.

Nominated for Best Student Paper Award

Conferences Blesson Varghese, G. McKee
2008

Formation to Transformation of Geometrical Patterns in Robot Swarms

International Journal of Arts and Science Conference, Gottenheim, Germany, 2008.

Best Paper Award in the Engineering and Technology Track

Conferences Blesson Varghese, G. McKee
2008

A Mathematical Model, Implementation and Study of a Swarm Conglomerate and its Formation Control

Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference (TAROS), Edinburgh, Scotland, 2008, pp. 156-162.

Best Poster Award

Conferences Blesson Varghese, G. McKee
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TEACHING

  • CURRENT
  • NOW
    2016

    CO-LECTURER

    QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST, UK

    Co-taught and managed CSC 3058 Advanced Computer Architecture, final year undergraduate level
  • TEACHING HISTORY
  • 2014
    2015

    GUEST LECTURER

    UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS, UK

    Delivered a lecture on Distributed Hardware Accelerators, undergraduate level in Spring 2014 and Spring 2015 for CS4103 - Distributed Systems module
  • 2013
    2014

    GUEST LECTURER

    UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS, UK

    Delivered a lecture on Software Testing and Software Reuse, undergraduate level, Winter 2013 for CS3051 - Software Engineering module
  • 2010
    2011

    GUEST LECTURER

    UNIVERSITY OF READING, UK

    Delivered all lectures for the CS2H6 - Programming Techniques for Advanced Architectures module, undergraduate level, Winter 2010
  • 2009
    2010

    GUEST LECTURER

    UNIVERSITY OF READING, UK

    Delivered a lecture on Swarm Robotic Systems for the CS3W7 - Multi-agent Systems module, undergraduate level, Winter 2009
  • 2008
    2010

    GUEST LECTURER

    UNIVERSITY OF READING, UK

    Delivered all lectures for the Advanced Algorithms module, postgraduate level, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010
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ACTIVITIES

INVITED PRESENTATIONS
Academic Cloud Computing Research: Pitfalls and Opportunities, University of Glasgow, UK - October 2014
Acheiving Automated Fault Tolerance for High-Performance Computing Systems, University of Cape Town, South Africa - October 2011
Automating Fault Tolerance, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK - January 2011
Swarm-Array Computing, ACET Seminar Series, University of Reading, UK - November 2009
PROGRAMME COMMITTEE MEMBER
International Conference on eScience (IEEE eScience), 2014, 2015, 2016
International Workshop on Heterogeneous and Unconventional Cluster Architectures and Applications (HUCAA) 2014, 2015, 2016
Student Research Symposium of the IEEE Conference on High-Performance Computing (IEEE HiPC), 2013, 2014, 2015
SESSION CHAIR
International Conference on eScience (IEEE eScience), 2014, 2015
Workshop on Cloud Technologies for High Performance Computing (CloudTech-HPC) at the International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP), 2012
REVIEWER
CONFERENCES
  • International European Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing (Euro-Par), 2016
  • ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (ACM HPDC), 2014
  • IEEE/ACM Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (IEEE CCGrid), 2014
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CONTACT

I am keen to learn new things. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about my research or have an exciting idea you would like to discuss.
E-mail: varghese [at] qub.ac.uk
Office Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 4959
Skype: blesson-varghese
Mailing Address:
Computer Science Building
Queen's University Belfast
18 Malone Road, Belfast
Northern Ireland, UK, BT9 5BN
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