Monday, June 27, 2005

About me

Below is my biographical information. Linked here is a list of publications.

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Anand Manikutty is an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has worked in technology and software companies for over 10 years in the United States, and conducted research in the industry and in academia in computer science and technology (operating systems, real-time systems, databases and XML) and business and management.

He received his Bachelor of Technology in computer science and engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras where he was awarded the Governor's Gold Medal for 1997. He earned his Master of Science in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. He has also pursued research at Harvard Business School.

In his research at IIT Madras, he used computational techniques to solve operations research problems in real-time systems. As part of a research team, he investigated the use of heuristics to solve algorithmic problems using various mathematical and computational techniques. In subsequent research, he has published papers in journals, conferences and workshops in the areas of internet technology, database technology and systems software. As part of the research and development team at Oracle, Anand investigated problems at the intersection of XML, the markup language that is a generalized version of the HTML used in web pages, and advanced database systems. He has co-authored more than 10 papers and articles in computer science academic journals and conference proceedings. As an employee of Oracle Corporation, he is an inventor on over 17 patents filed in the areas of XML and database systems.

During his time at Harvard Business School, he helped form the non-profit organization Digital Green. Digital Green has achieved economic impact in some of the most economically deprived areas of the world. The project covers over 25,000 farmers over 4 states in India, and is projected to cover 100,000 farmers by 2015. It is the recipient of a generous grant (gratefully acknowledged!) from the Gates Foundation. Digital Green was the recipient of the Stockholm Challenge Award in 2008. In addition to Digital Green and Oracle, he has also been employed as a software design engineer at Microsoft from early 1999 to 2000, as an engineering intern in the Oracle Summer Invitational Program in the summer of 1998, and as a consultant for software companies in the Bay Area.

He recently contributed to a book on organizations and leadership "The Essence of Leadership". The book was published by Macmillan India in 2009. The book has been received well by Stanford’s James March, whose collaborative work with Prof. Herbert Simon on organizations, decision-making and leadership led to the latter winning the Nobel Prize, and USC’s Warren Bennis, University Professor and Founding Chairman of the Leadership Institute at USC. He is currently assisting with a textbook on Strategic Management.

He has been a blogger at the award-winning blog Zoo Station (http://wetware.blogspot.com). He now maintains a blog called "Ask the Delphic Oracle" (http://askthedelphicoracle.blogspot.com) for his Times of India Group column of the same name. He is also a trivia enthusiast having conducted several quizzes in India. He has won several notable quizzes including the Lone Wolf Quiz (solo quiz) and the Odyssey Quiz (team quiz) in Chennai, India.

His Indiatimes columns may be viewed here : http://www.indiatimes.com/columnists/Anand-Manikutty/216

Representative Publications
  • Muralidhar Krishnaprasad, Zhen Hua Liu, Anand Manikutty, James Warner and Vikas Arora, "Towards an Industrial Strength SQL/XML Infrastructure", Proceedings of the International Conference of Data Engineering (ICDE 2005).
  • Muralidhar Krishnaprasad, Zhen Hua Liu, Anand Manikutty, James W. Warner, Vikas Arora, Susan Kotsovolos, "Query Rewrite for XML in Oracle XML DB", Proceedings of the Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2004).
  • Manimaran Govindarasu, Shashidhar Merugu, Anand Manikutty, and C. Siva Ram Murthy, "Integrated scheduling of tasks and messages in distributed real-time systems", Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing Practices (JPDC 1998).
  • Govindarasu Manimaran, Anand Manikutty, C. Siva Ram Murthy: DHARMA: A tool for evaluating dynamic scheduling algorithms for real-time multiprocessor systems. Journal of Systems and Software 50(2): 131-149 (2000)
  • G. Manimaran, Shashidhar Merugu, Anand Manikutty, C. Siva Ram Murthy: Integrated Scheduling of Tasks and Messages in Distributed Real-Time Systems. Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience 1(2) (1998)
  • Won the Best Solution Paper Award, for the paper "DREAD: Distributed REal-time Air Defense System '"(co-authored with Anand Manikutty, Shashidhar Merugu, and C. Siva Ram Murthy) for challenge problem problem on "Distributed Real-time Air Defense System," 5th IEEE Intl. Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Real-time Systems (WPDRTS), Geneva, Switzerland, Apr. 1-3, 1997.
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A less technical bio is available here in the "About Us" section of the Ask the Delphic Oracle blog : http://askthedelphicoracle.blogspot.com/. Favorite papers - in purple.

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Not with a bang but a whimper?

It looks like everybody is now talking about the overheated real estate market. Thomas linked to two articles in the Economist in a previous post (1,2). The Atlantic Monthly has a two-page article on the housing market - the article is subscribers-only, but anyhow, it covers much of the same ground as the article in the Economist. BusinessWeek is running as its top story an article on the increasingly hard-to-believe mortgage deals that are popping up all over the place. BusinessWeek also ran several other articles as part of a special report on mortgage financing and the real estate market.
The market is rife with interest-only loans, as well as "option ARMs" that allow borrowers to roll part of the interest they owe back into the principal on the mortgage (see BW Online, 6/16/05, "The Mortgage Trap"). It has gotten so bad that you hear anecdotes of some lenders not even requiring proof of income before handing over a million bucks to a homebuyer.
But it turns out that's just part of the reason lenders are offering such unbelievable deals to their customers. Many lenders are just plain desperate for business, according to some experts. In a bid for market share, mortgage lenders are offering highly favorable terms to borrowers. That's forcing the rest of the industry to match their terms or lose customers.
The industry's underlying problem is simple: Overcapacity and a drop in profitability from its all-time high of 2003.
How will this pan out? The profile of the bust, if it happens, may be quite different from that of the stock market. This is in part due to the far greater length of ownership with real estate as opposed to stocks, and a far higher personal stake in the affair. The Atlantic Monthly says that the boom may not end in a hard fall after all. Prices may merely level off. This is, of course, a prediction of the housing-market nationwide, not locally. Since the market for real estate is primarily local, the profiles of the local markets will probably vary a lot.

Moving locally to the Bay Area, what will be the forward-looking profile of the market out here? For one thing, the market in the Bay Area is super-heated. Atherton and Los Altos are two of the 20 most expensive zipcodes in the United States according to Forbes. Two, jobs in the area don't pay nearly enough for borrowers to be able to weather large downward market corrections. House prices are 300,000 dollars and more, and downward market trends will hit many people hard. Three, by all accounts, the California market is showing many signs of an overheated market - a large number of "innovative" mortgaging schemes, large proportions of low-income borrowers and large proportions of speculative purchasers.

The housing market out here does appear to be ready for a correction. Here is hoping, though, that the boom will end not with a bang but a whimper.

[Cross-posted to Zoo Station]

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Publications

Below is information on my publications.

Published Papers

Muralidhar Krishnaprasad, Zhen Hua Liu, Anand Manikutty, James Warner, and Daniela Florescu. "Conquering the Heterogeneity and Evolutionary Nature of XML Using XML Union Views." Proceedings of Databases and Applications, 2006.

Muralidhar Krishnaprasad, Zhen Hua Liu, Anand Manikutty, James Warner, and Vikas Arora. "Towards an Industrial Strength SQL/XML Infrastructure." Proceedings of the International Conference of Data Engineering, 2005.

Muralidhar Krishnaprasad, Zhen Hua Liu, Anand Manikutty, James Warner, Vikas Arora, and Susan Kotsovolos. "Query Rewrite for XML in Oracle XML DB." Proceedings of the conference on Very Large Data Bases, 2004.

Manimaran Govindarasu, Anand Manikutty, and C. Siva Ram Murthy. "DHARMA: A tool for evaluating dynamic scheduling algorithms for real-time multiprocessor systems." Journal of Systems and Software, 2000.

Manimaran Govindarasu, Shashidhar Merugu, Anand Manikutty, and C. Siva Ram Murthy. "Integrated scheduling of tasks and messages in distributed real-time systems." Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing Practices, 1998.

Anand Manikutty, Shashidhar Merugu, Manimaran Govindarasu, and C. Siva Ram Murthy. "A Distributed Real-Time Air Defense System." Proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Real-time Systems , 1997.

Shashidhar Merugu, Anand Manikutty, Manimaran Govindarasu, and C. Siva Ram Murthy. "Integrated Scheduling of Tasks and Messages in Distributed Real-Time Systems." Proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Real-time Systems , 1997.

Manimaran Govindarasu, Anand Manikutty, and C. Siva Ram Murthy. "DHARMA : A Tool for Evaluating Dynamic Algorithms in Real-Time Multiprocessor Systems." Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Computing, 1996.