Alur obtained his bachelor's degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India, in 1987, and PhD in computer science from Stanford University, California, USA, in 1991. Before joining the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, he was with the Computing Science Research Center at Bell Laboratories. Alur's research spans formal modeling and analysis of reactive systems, hybrid systems, model checking, software verification, and design automation for embedded software. His contributions include timed automata and temporal specifications based on languages of nested words and trees. He is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and recently served as the chair of ACM SIGBED (Special Interest Group on Embedded Systems).