Vasant Honavar

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Vasant G. Honavar is an Indian born American computer scientist, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics and Health Informatics researcher and educator. He became a professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2013. He is also a professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics, Neuroscience, and of Operations Research at Pennsylvania State University. He directs the Pennsylvania State University Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory.

He is known for his research contributions in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, knowledge representation, neural networks, semantic web, big data analytics, and bioinformatics and computational biology. He has published over 250 research articles as well as edited several books on these topics. His recent work has focused on scalable algorithms for constructing predictive models from large, semantically disparate distributed data, learning predictive models from linked open data, big data analytics, analysis and prediction of protein-protein, protein-RNA, and protein-DNA interfaces and interactions, social network analytics, health informatics, secrecy-preserving query answering, representing and reasoning about preferences, and causal inference and meta analysis.

During 1990-2013, Honavar was professor of computer science and led the Iowa State University Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory. In 2006 he became director of the Iowa State University Center for Computational Intelligence, Learning and Discovery. He was also on the faculty of the interdepartmental graduate programs in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (serving as Chair during 2003-2005), and Human-Computer Interaction.

During 2010-2013, Honavar served as a Program Director in the Information Integration and Informatics program in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate of the US National Science Foundation where he led the Big Data Program and contributed to several core and cross-cutting programs.

He has held visiting professorships at Carnegie Mellon University and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Early life[edit]

Honavar received a B.E. in Electronics Engg. from Bangalore University, India in 1982, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engg. from Drexel University in 1984, and an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D., in 1989 and in 1990 respectively, from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he worked with Leonard Uhr.

Selected publications and books[edit]

  • Vasant Honavar and Leonard Uhr. (Ed.) Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks: Steps Toward Principled Integration. New York: Academic Press. 1994. ISBN 0-12-355055-6
  • Vasant Honavar and Giora Slutzki (Ed). Grammatical Inference. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 1998. ISBN 3-540-64776-7
  • Mukesh Patel, Vasant Honavar and Karthik Balakrishnan (Ed). Advances in the Evolutionary Synthesis of Intelligent Agents. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2001. ISBN 0-262-16201-6


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