Prof. Kamakoti is currently Director of IIT Madras. He is also a full-time Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras. He holds numerous positions in various Government agencies and bodies including being a member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India. His areas of interests include Computer Architecture, Secure Systems Engineering and VLSI Design.
Outlining his vision to retain the Institute’s leadership position in National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) by the Ministry of Education, Prof. Kamakoti said, "My focus would be to retain IIT Madras at the top of the rankings, while constantly striving to enhance the academic and research excellence of the Institute.
Speaking about how IIT Madras would create a key impact nationally as well as in the state of Tamil Nadu, Prof. Kamakoti added, "With our cutting-edge work in research and development, we will strive to engage more collaboratively with the Government - both at the centre and the state - to make our work translational and relevant to address the needs of the nation and the state and its people and contribute to the overall development. I am confident that we will make a positive leap forward with renewed vigor to achieve the goals set out for us as an 'Institute of Eminence’." Before becoming Director, he served IIT Madras as Associate Dean of Industrial Consultancy and sponsored Research, (IC & SR).
He has been presented the following awards: - Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship, 2020
- IESA Techno Visionary Award, 2018
- IBM Faculty Award, 2016
- DRDO Academy Excellence Award, 2013
- IITM Young Faculty Recognition Award (YFRA), 2007
- VASVIK Research Award 2017 in the category of Electrical & Electronic Sciences & Technology
- Lifetime achievement award from Advanced Computing and Communication Society (ACCS)