Venu Govindaraju, PhD

Vice President for Research and Economic Development

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

SUNY Distinguished Professor Venu Govindaraju is the Vice President for Research & Economic Development at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (UB). He is responsible for managing UB's research enterprise, university/industry relations and economic development. The university's research contributes to the economic and cultural vitality of New York State and around the world, by discovering knowledge that helps resolve global challenges.

Govindaraju also is the founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS). He holds four patents, has received several major professional society awards and co-authored about 425 scientific papers. He serves on the editorial boards of premier journals and belongs to a select group of computer scientists who are fellows of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers


PhD, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 1992

MS, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 1988

BTech, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, 1986

Research Interests

Govindaraju's research focuses on machine learning and pattern recognition and his seminal work in handwriting recognition was at the core of the first handwritten address interpretation system used by the U.S. Postal Service and the core of Pioneers in AI Systems. He has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on roughly $65 million in research funding.