Vasant Honavar, Ph.D.

Dr. Vasant HonavarProfessor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology; College of Information Sciencess & Technology,
Penn State University

Dr. Vasant Honavar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he worked with Professor Leonard Uhr and specialized in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Neural Computation. 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 directs the Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory and the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics and serves as an associate director of the Institute for Cyberscience. He is also on the faculty of the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences, the Institute for Cyberscience, and the Bioinformatics and Genomics Graduate Program. 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 Life Sciences.

Honavar serves on the Computing Research Association's Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council (task forces on Big Data, Internet of Things, Healthcare, and High Performance Computing), and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Biomedical Informatics.

Honavar's current research and teaching interests include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, Big Data Analytics, Computational Molecular Biology, Data Mining, Discovery Informatics Information Integration, Knowledge Representation and Inference, Semantic Technologies, Social Informatics, Security Informatics, and Health Informatics.