Nishanth Sastry is a Professor of Computer Science at The University of Surrey and a Visiting Researcher at the Alan Turing Institute, where he is a co-lead of the Social Data Science Special Interest Group. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, a Master's degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor's degree (with distinction) from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore University, all in Computer Science. He has been a visitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has spent six years in the Industry (Cisco Systems, India and IBM, USA), and at Industrial Research Labs (IBM TJ Watson Research Center).
His honours include a Best Paper Award at SIGCOMM Mobile Edge Computing in 2017, a Best Paper Honorable Mention at WWW 2018, a Best Student Paper Award at the Computer Society of India Annual Convention, a Yunus Innovation Challenge Award at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology IDEAS Competition, a Benefactor's Scholarship from St. John's College, Cambridge, a Best Undergraduate Project Award from RV College of Engineering, a Cisco Achievement Program Award and several awards from IBM. He has been granted nine patents in the USA for work done at IBM.
Nishanth has been a keynote speaker, and received media coverage from print media such as The Times UK, New York Times, New Scientist and Nature, as well as Television media such as BBC, Al Jazeera and Sky News. He is a member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE