Venu Govindaraju, PhD
Vice President for Research & Economic Development, University at Buffalo
Venu Govindaraju is responsible for managing UB's research enterprise, university/industry relations and economic development, contributing to the economic and cultural vitality of New York State and around the world. Govindaraju's research focuses on machine learning and pattern recognition and his seminal work in handwriting recognition was at the core of the first handwritten address interpretation system used by the U.S. Postal Service. He has an extraordinary sponsored funding record, having been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on roughly $65 million in research funding, including active awards from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and industrial sponsors such as Qualcomm and Raytheon BBN Technologies. Govindaraju holds a BS degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, and MS and PhD degrees from UB. Globally recognized for his groundbreaking research,
Govindaraju has received numerous honors, including the 2015 IAPR/ICDAR Outstanding Achievements Award from the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition. Govindaraju also is the founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS). He holds four patents, has received several major professional society awards and co-authored about 425 scientific papers. He serves on the editorial boards of premier journals and belongs to a select group of computer scientists who are fellows of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.