My name is Sumita Barahmand and I've been doing my
graduate studies at the
Department of Computer Science , University of Southern
California since Fall 2009. I'm currently in my fifth year
of PhD studies and I'm working as a research assistant in the
Database Systems Lab with Prof. Shahram Ghandeharizadeh.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering-Information Technology Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.
My current research interests include social benchmarking, evaluating data stores within social networks, and social streaming, sharing of multimedia streams in social networks using smart devices and the cloud. I am interested in benchmarking and evaluating the true processing capability of SQL, NoSQl, New SQL and Cache Augmented SQL data stores striving to model reality as close as possible. I am also interested in investigating approaches for streaming video as a component of real-time mode of communication within social networks. These concepts are exercised in a prototype named RAYS that was deployed in early 2011. So far I have targeted data availability and benchmarking social behavior within RAYS and have focused on the design and implementation of novel memory management techniques that allow viewers of social streams to perform time-shifted displays on the streams.
I am also keen on issues relevant to psychology. I paint with oil and water colors and draw with charcoal and color pencils. I have a passion for traveling and understanding different cultures and enjoy friendship of very diverse people from different backgrounds.