Chandra Krintz

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Professor, Computer Science



Professor Chandra Krintz investigates new approaches to distributed programming systems, embedded and resource constrained devices and systems, cloud/edge computing, and multi-tier (sensor-edge-cloud) IoT analytics systems. Recently, her work has focused on combining and using these technologies to facilitate sustainability and conservation science for the domains of agriculture (SmartFarm) and ecology (Where’s the Bear). SmartFarm is an open source system for precision agriculture that enables growers to extract actionable insights from their data, to quantify the impact of their decisions and environmental changes, and to identify opportunities for increasing farming sustainability and productivity. Where’s the Bear (WTB) is a distributed, IoT system for wildlife monitoring that uses machine learning to automatically classify animals in images from remote, motion-triggered camera traps. Both systems run at the “edge” — near where the data is produced to facilitate fast, real time response for data driven decision support, actuation, and control of local sensors and systems. To enable this, Prof. Krintz and her research team investigate techniques for unattended system operation in rugged environments (self-management and fault resiliency) as well as software development tools for programming and managing such heterogenous systems and analytics applications end-to-end.


Chandra Krintz is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Since 2001, Chandra has led a number of research projects that have advanced the state-of-the-art in programming and distributed systems in ways that improve performance and energy consumption, and that ease development and management of software. Recently, her work has focused on the intersection of IoT, edge and cloud computing, and machine learning with applications in farming, ranching, and conservation science.  Chandra has advised over 60 undergraduate and graduate students, has published numerous research articles in venues that include DEBS, SEC, ASPLOS, IoTDI, WWW, HotCloud, Cloud, PLDI, TPDS, IC2E, and others, participates in efforts to broaden participation in computing, and is a co-founder of AppScale Systems, Inc. Chandra's efforts have been recognized with a NSF CAREER award, the CRA-W Anita Borg Early Career Award, the UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, and as the 2015 UCSB Sustainability Champion. Chandra has also served as a member-at-large and vice chair of the ACM SIGPLAN Executive Committee, and as both the Vice Chair of Graduate and Undergraduate Affairs in Computer Science at UCSB.