Dr. Thirumala Rao is a Professor and currently heading the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. He has more than 18 years of Industry, Teaching, and Research experience. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh, and Masters in Computer Science & Engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad in 2000 & 2007. He has completed Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering in the research area of Cloud and Big data Analytics from Acharya Nagarjuna University in 2013. His vast administrative experience includes various positions such as Associate Dean-Academics (Academic Registrations & Certificate courses), Associate Dean- Internal Research Funding and Research Group Head of Cloud Computing Research Group during his tenure of 14 Years at KL University. He has authored 60+ International Journal Publications of which 41 are Scopus Indexed, 12 are Web of Science Indexed, and 5 are DBLP indexed. His publications has a total of 590+ citations excluding self citations (Google Scholar-590 with h-index-9, i10 index-9; Scopus-167 with h-index- 7,i10 index-7; Cross-reference- 64). He is also rendering his services as a reviewer for reputed SCI-indexed journals such as IEEE Access, Journal of Information Technology, Evolutionary Intelligence of Springer Nature, International Journal of Cloud Computing of Inderscience Publishers etc,. He served as Vice Chairam of ACM Amaravathi Chapter till May,2020.He is an active member of professional societies such as ACM, IEEE, etc. He has also chaired several Springer, IEEE international conferences. His research interests include Cloud computing, Big Data Analytics, IoT based systems.