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P. Venkat Rangan, professor of computer science and engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego, has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an 80,000-member information technology advocacy group.

Rangan, founder and director of the Multimedia Laboratory at UC San Diego, will be honored May 10 along with 38 new Fellows during ACMís Policy í98 Conference in Washington D.C. The group will be recognized for their achievements in computer science and information technology, as well as their contributions to further the mission of ACM.

Rangan founded the Multimedia Laboratory nine years ago in UC San Diegoís Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The laboratory, a pioneer in multimedia systems research, has produced dozens of publications, three U.S. patents and several doctoral and masters theses. The laboratory has become one of the premier centers for research in video-on-demand and media synchronization technologies.

Rangan researches digital video-on-demand servers, teleconferencing systems and editing and delivery over high-speed networks. His research results have been reported in more than 75 journals and conference publications.

ACM is an international scientific and educational organization formed to advance the arts, sciences and applications of information technology. The organization touts ACM Fellows as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look toward for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

Born in Mysore, India, Rangan received a bachelorís degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1984. He completed graduate studies at Cornell University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in computer science at UC Berkeley in 1988, the same year he joined UC San Diego.

Rangan won the National Science Foundationís Young Investigator Award in 1993, the NCR Research Innovation Award in 1991 and the President of India Gold Medal in 1984. He serves as multimedia technology advisor to the Electronics Secretary of the government of India and multimedia technology consultant to the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts in New Delhi.

Rangan lives in the San Diego section of Del Mar Heights with his wife and son.

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