Venu Govindaraju

DirectorVenu Govindaraju

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Department Computer Science and Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
113 Davis Hall
University at Buffalo, Amherst, NY 14260-2500

Phone: 716-645-1558; Fax: 716-645-2377
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Area: Machine Learning, Biometrics, Language Technologies

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Dr. Venu Govindaraju, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, is the founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors. He received his Bachelor’s degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1986, and his Ph.D. from UB in 1992. His research focus is on  machine learning and pattern recognition in the domains of Document Image Analysis and Biometrics.

Dr. Govindaraju has co-authored about 400 refereed scientific papers. 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 the Postal Services in US, Australia, and UK. He has been a Principal or Co-Investigator of sponsored projects funded for about 65 million dollars.

Dr. Govindaraju 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.

Dr. Govindaraju is a Fellow of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), the IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition), and the SPIE (International Society of Optics and Photonics). He is recipient of the 2004 MIT Global Indus Technovator award and the 2010 IEEE Technical Achievement award.


IEEE Technical Achievement
MIT Global Indus Technovator
•SUNY Chancellor’s Award
•ICDAR Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Industry Awards

•HP Open Innovation
•IBM Faculty Research
•Google Faculty Research
•eBay Faculty Research
•Fujitsu Faculty Research