Biometrics expert Venu Govindaraju named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Venu Govindaraju, a globally recognized expert in machine learning and pattern recognition, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
The peer-nominated honor is given to academic researchers who have created or facilitated outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
Govindaraju is University of Buffalo’s (UB) interim vice president for research and economic development, and a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.
Through his research, Govindaraju has developed new techniques to address problems in the recognition of fingerprints, faces, facial expressions and multi-biometrics fusion. He is the founding director of UB’s Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS) and has spearheaded the establishment of a National Science Foundation Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) at UB.
Govindaraju has co-authored about 400 scientific papers, published five edited books, mentored 30 UB PhD students and is currently advising eight UB doctoral candidates.
He belongs to a select group of computer scientists who have been named fellows of both the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE and is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India and received master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from UB.
The National Academy of Inventors is non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Govindaraju, and the others named, will be inducted on April 15, 2016 at the fifth annual conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Virginia.