• USA-2009

      For contributions to handwritten document image analysis, recognition, and retrieval.

    Dr. Venu Govindaraju is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). He received his B-Tech (Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India in 1986, and his Ph.D. from UB in 1992. Dr. Govindaraju has authored more than 300 scientific papers and over 60 journal papers. His seminal work in handwriting recognition was at the core of the first handwritten address interpretation system used by the US Postal Service. He was also the prime technical lead responsible for technology transfer to Lockheed Martin and Siemens Corporation for deployment by the US Postal Service, Australia Post and UK Royal Mail. Dr. Govindaraju has been the Principal or Co-principal investigator of projects funded by government and industry for about 55 million dollars.The Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS) that he founded in 2003 has since received about 10 million dollars of research funding covering several projects in biometrics, security, document recognition, and retrieval. Dr. Govindaraju has given over 100 invited talks and has supervised the dissertation of 20 doctoral students. He has served on the editorial boards of premier journals in his area and has chaired several technical conferences and workshops. He has won several awards for his scholarship including the prestigious MIT Global Technovator Award (2004) and the HP Open Innovation Award (2008). He is a Fellow of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and the IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition).