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
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
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).