Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Venu Govindaraju is the Interim Vice President for Research & Economic Development and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (UB). As Vice President he is responsible for the overall management of UB's research enterprise, including research funding, research administration and compliance, research communications, research support, university/industry relations and economic development. The vice president also works with the leadership teams of the UB 2020 strategic strengths to help build the necessary research infrastructure and facilities, and collaborative efforts through the creation of new cross-disciplinary initiatives. The administrative portfolio includes management of the Office of Sponsored Projects Services; the UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR); the Division of Comparative Medicine/Laboratory Animal Facility; the Office of Research Compliance; Office of Research Advancement, VPR Information Systems, and oversight of eight (8) campus research centers.
Dr. Govindaraju received his Bachelor's degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India in 1986, his MS (1988) and his Ph.D. (1992) at the University at Buffalo. His research focus is on machine learning and pattern recognition in the domains of Document Image Analysis and Biometrics. Dr. Govindaraju's seminal work in handwriting recognition was at the core of the first handwritten address interpretation system used by the US Postal Service. He was also the prime technical lead responsible for technology transfer to the Postal Services in US, Australia, and UK.
Dr. Govindaraju was appointed as an Associate Professor in Department of Computer Science & Engineering in 2000; full professor in 2002; Distinguished Professor at UB in 2008; and the SUNY Distinguished Professor in 2010. Dr. Govindaraju is also the Director for the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS).
Some of the major professional society awards that Dr. Govindaraju has received are the IEEE Technical Achievement Award, 2010 - "for pioneering contributions to handwriting systems" for sustained achievement over the last 10-15 years; MIT Global Indus Technovator Award, 2004, MIT Indian Business Club, Cambridge, MA "for pioneering endeavors at the frontiers of technological innovation"; 40 Under Forty Honoree Business First, November 7, 2002, Buffalo, NY and; ICDAR Outstanding Young Investigator, 2001 (IAPR) "for visibly demonstrating the utility of pattern recognition algorithms in complex applications of postal document handling and for outstanding scientific productivity".
Dr. Govindaraju has an extraordinary sponsored funding record in support of his research, where he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on roughly $65 million in research funding. He has active awards from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and industrial sponsors such as Qualcomm and Raytheon BBN Technologies.
Dr. Govindaraju has co-authored about 400 scientific papers and has supervised the dissertations of 30 doctoral students. He has served on the editorial boards of premier journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Biometrics Council Compendium. In addition, he has 4 patents issued to date.
Dr. Govindaraju belongs to a select group of computer scientists who have been named fellows of both the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). It signifies the recognition by Govindaraju's peers of his contributions to both the science and engineering areas of computing. In addition, he is also a fellow of prestigious societies such as AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), the IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition), and the SPIE (International Society of Optics and Photonics).