About Me

Hello World! 

I am Kunal, a Technical Program Manager and Computer Scientist with 11+ years of experience in innovation and software engineering. I am passionate about contributing to society by creating solutions to existing problems using computer science and I enjoy long conversations on topics related to technology and philosophy.

I am working as a tenured researcher in computer science at the LIST institute (i.e., Laboratory for Integration of Systems and Technology) within the CEA.
Previously I have worked as a joint PostDoc at CEA & ESTACA. I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Université Paris-Saclay, which was conducted at Télécom SudParis and funded by CEA Paris-Saclay. During my Ph.D. program, I worked in the "Executable Language Engineering and Optimization Laboratory" (LIDEO) at CEA LIST and the SAMOVAR lab (UMR 5157) at Télécom SudParis.  At CEA, my work included feature contribution to Eclipse open source ecosystem via the Papyrus framework. It is well known and is extensively used for model-driven engineering (MDE) in both industry and academia. 

Before my Ph.D., I worked as a Research Engineer at the Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE), France (later acquired by Naver Labs Europe in 2017).  I completed a joint masters program in the European Union (EU) at universities in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands each. This masters was fully funded by the EU under the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship program. 

My other industrial experiences include working at Adobe Systems, India and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India.





Ph.D. in Computer Science

Université Paris-Saclay, France


M.Sc. in Information Management

Tilburg University, the Netherlands


M.Sc. in Computer Science

University of Stuttgart, Germany


International Master in Service Engineering

- Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD)

University of Crete, Greece


B.Tech. in Computer Science

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India






Technical Program Manager | Researcher

CEA Paris-Saclay, France

Feb. 2020 – till present

Project Lead  | PostDoc

ESTACA Paris-Saclay, France

Feb. 2019 – Jan. 2020

Junior Researcher | Doctoral Candidate

CEA & Télécom SudParis, France

Jan. 2016 -Jan 2019

Research Engineer

Xerox Research, France

Feb. 2013 – Dec. 2019

Program Mgmt. Associate

Adobe Systems, India

Jan. 2011 – June 2011

Software Engineer

Tata Consulting Services, India

Aug. 2008 – Jan. 2011

Awards & Scholarships




Best Student Paper Award 

Services Conference Federation (SCF 2018), U.S.A. 

Best student paper award for my research work presented at the 15th International Conference Services Computing (SCC) in Seattle, USA.

July, 2018

Best IoT project Award

SenZations Summer School 2017, Cyprus

Received the best project ward for a collaborative project work with a team of international researchers.

Sept., 2017

Summer School Scholarship 2016 

Université Paris-Saclay, France 

Received a scholarship from University Paris-Saclay intended for PhD students to attend renowned international scientific summer schools across EU.

June, 2016

Ph.D. Research Funding

French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

3 years full funding for Ph.D. work (research & development) from CEA (French: Contrat de formation par la recherche (CFR))

More info: http://www.cea.fr/recrutement/Pages/je-cherche/une-these.aspx

Jan., 2016
Jan., 2019

Masters Scholarship

Erasmus Mundus (now Erasmus+), European Commission of Education and Training, EU

Full scholarship for 2 years, i.e., Aug. 2011 - Aug. 2013, for completing the European joint masters program conducted in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands.

Scholarship covered tuition fees, monthly stipend (€1000), and other benefits such as insurance, visa charges along with an annual travel allowance of €2000.

Funding for two advanced summer schools in Crete, Greece (2012, 2013)

Aug., 2011
Aug., 2013

TCS Gems Award 2010

Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), India 

Best Team for excellence in IT service delivery management in TCS and year on year retention of their clients


TCS Gems Award 2009

Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), India 

2 On Spot awards & certificate for good performance and contributions to my project and other TCS community activities


Merit Award for Subject Topper in High School

Cambridge School, New Delhi, India 

Merit certificate & award for securing first position in the school for chemistry subject at the all-India CBSE board exams for 12th standard


Teaching Experience


Professor In-charge


Cloud Computing

Taught a graduate level coursework on cloud computing based on Amazon AWS.

Bruno Defud

June 2018

Service-Oriented Computing (SOC)

Taught a graduate level coursework during Spring 2018 to Masters students of computer science at Telecom SudParis, France as follows:

REST Web Services

SOAP Web Services

Workflow Management Systems

Business Process Execution Language (BPEL).

Prof. Walid Gaaloul

April - June 2018

Service-Oriented Computing (SOC)

Taught a graduate level coursework during winter 2017 @Department of Computer Science, Télécom SudParis, France for COMNETS Master Program as follows:

REST Web Services

SOAP Web Services

Info: The Communication Networks & Services (COMNETS) is a joint Euro-Asian masters program given by Telecom SudParis (France), Asian Institute of Technology (international organisation), NCTU (Taiwan) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).

Prof. Walid Gaaloul

Prof. Walid Gaaloul

Nov. - Dec. 2017


Community Service

Program Committee (PC) Member & Reviewer

WETICE (2018 - present): PC at the Validation of Safety critical Collaboration systems (VSC) track of the IEEE WETICE conference.

SCC 2019

Sub-Reviewer/ Student Reviewer

IFAC 2016, ICWS 2017, BPM (2016 - 2018)

Google Scholar




Last updated: 01.03.2022