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Vasant G Honavar

Dr Vasant G Honavar

Professor, Computer Science, Bioinformatics and Genomics, and Neuroscience Graduate Programs & Director, Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory, College of Information Sciences and Technology

Dr. Vasant Honavar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin Madison, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. In September 2013, Honavar joined the faculty of Penn State University where he currently serves as a Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair  of Information Science and Technology. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, Associate Director of the Institute for Cyberscience, Co-Director of the NIH-funded Biomedical Data Sciences PhD program, and Informatics lead (research) for the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Honavar serves on the faculty of the Computer Science, Bioinformatics and Genomics, Neuroscience, and the Operations Research Graduate Programs at Pennsylvania State University. In 2016, Honavar was appointed as the Sudha Murty Distinguished Visiting Chair of Neurocomputing and Data Science at the Indian Institute of Science. Honavar served as a member of the Computing Community Consortium Council (CCC) where he chaired the Convergence of Data and Computing Task Force (2015-2017) and served on Artificial Intelligence and Health IT task forces. He continues to serve as an external member of the Data and Computing Task force.   Dr. Honavar serves on the Executive Committee of the NSF North East Big Data Innovation Hub. He is also a member of the Electorate Nominating Committee of the Section on Information, Computing, & Communication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In addition to research, graduate student supervision and teaching, he is responsible for developing new research and educational initiatives in Data Sciences and contributing to research initiatives in Biomedical and Health Sciences.

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