Director - Dr. Venu Govindaraju

Dr. Venu Govindaraju is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). He received his B-Tech (Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India in 1986, and his Ph.D. from UB in 1992. In a research career spanning over 20 years, he has made significant contributions to many areas of pattern recognition such as document analysis and biometrics.

In the area of document analysis, Dr. Govindaraju is currently working on extending his expertise in the automated recognition of both machine-printed and hand-written text in Latin script to Arabic and Indic scripts such as Devanagari and Telugu with a focus on developing interfaces for indexing and searching documents for Digital Library and Homeland Security applications.

Dr. Govindaraju's foray into the field of biometrics began with his dissertation on the automated recognition of faces over two decades ago. He is currently investigating the strength of various biometric modalities (face, fingerprint, signature, etc.) to resist malicious attacks and provide solutions to mitigate some of the vulnerabilities, as well as the fusion of multiple biometrics for achieving higher accuracy. His recent multi-disciplinary efforts include novel applications such as deceit detection from facial expressions and voice, and odor typing for disease detection.

Dr. Govindaraju has authored more than 300 scientific papers including over 60 journal papers and 20 book chapters. His 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 Lockheed Martin and Seimens Corporation for deployment by the US Postal Service, Australia Post and UK Royal Mail.

Dr. Govindaraju has been the PI/Co-PI of projects funded by government and industry for about 55 million dollars in the last 15 years. His leadership and initiative in establishing the testing and evaluation lab at CEDAR in 1998 has generated over 12 million dollars of sustained US postal funding since. The Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS) that he founded in 2003 has since received over five million dollars of research funding covering several projects.

Dr. Govindaraju has given over 100 invited talks, including keynotes at conferences and distinguished lecture series and has supervised the doctoral dissertation of 20 doctoral students and the theses of 13 masters students. He has served on the editorial boards of premier journals and has chaired several technical conferences and workshops and.

Dr. Govindaraju has won several awards for his scholarship. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and a Fellow of the IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition).

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