The unprecedented ability to collect massive datasets from smart city sensors, autonomous vehicles and fintech platforms offers grand challenges for data-driven computing to leverage advances in machine learning and analytics for scientific and social impact. At the same time, computing infrastructure is undergoing swift changes both in architecture and resource access models, ranging from smartphones and edge accelerators like Nvidia Jetson, to cloud and quantum computing. Distributed computing across dozens to 100s of resources is the norm rather than the exception.

Translating this opportunity to transformative advances requires advances in distributed machine learning, algorithms and software platforms. This includes novel programming abstractions to compose ML applications over new classes of datasets such as video streams and dynamic graphs, innovative algorithms that can make use of the potential of such abstractions to scale their techniques, and execution platforms that leverage ML for transparent, resilient, and efficient usage of distributed computing facilities.

The Distributed Research on Emerging Applications and Machines Lab (DREAM:Lab) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) focuses on distributed systems research that enables the effective and efficient use of emerging distributed data and computing systems, using resilient software architectures, innovative computing and data platforms, and distributed algorithms and analytics, to support scalable machine learning and societal applications, which can lead to transformative advances to science and society.

Housed at the Indian Institute of Science‘s Department of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS), a unique inter-disciplinary department in India offering programs on computational and data sciences, the DREAM:Lab explores the verticals of the data science stack, from scalable analytics to Big Data platforms to emerging distributed infrastructure. Prof. Yogesh Simmhan heads the group, and is joined by an enthusiastic team of PhD and Masters students, research staff and interns who conduct world-class research that is published to top-tier conferences and journals, and released as open source artifacts. We also actively collaborate with industry and government agencies such as IBM Research, Microsoft Research, Accenture, VMWare, Facebook, etc. and with government agencies such as NPCI, BWSSB, etc.

PhD and MTech Research Admissions Open at the DREAM:Lab, IISc!

Embark on a research journey in distributed systems and scalable machine learning at India’s top university! Explore scalable ML, cloud, edge computing, quantum computing, blockchain, and graph analytics.

Why Us?

  • Work with top-tier faculty and top students in India.
  • Engage in high-impact projects and publish papers at leading venues.
  • Access to cutting-edge accelerators and distributed computing facilities.
  • Collaborate with industry and government agencies for transnational research.


  • Candidates with a strong CS background.
  • Programming, data structures, algorithms, ML and hands-on systems skills
  • Passion for research and innovation.

Apply Now! 

IISc Admissions are due by March 22, 2024. Select the Department of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS) in your preference list. Spots are limited…

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We acknowledge the support of our current and past sponsors and collaborators:

  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
  • IBM Research
  • Accenture Labs
  • Microsoft Research
  • Facebook Research
  • VMWare
  • NetApp ATG
  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)
  • Department Of Science & Technology (DST)
  • Department of Biotechnology (DBT)