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UB names Govindaraju as research vice president

The University at Buffalo has named Venu Govindaraju as its vice president of research and economic development.

Govindaraju, a highly regarded expert in machine learning and pattern recognition and a SUNY distinguished professor of computer science and engineering, has served in the position on an interim basis since September 2014.

UB President Satish K. Tripathi and Provost Charles F. Zukoski on Monday announced Govindaraju’s appointment, which is effective immediately.

A native of India, he came to UB as a graduate student in the late 1980s, he told The News in a BizTalk interview last year. Govindaraju studies how people interact with computers and helps computers read handwriting and other texts. As director of UB’s Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, he has conducted research into recognition of fingerprints, facial features and other biometrics.

His work helping Postal Service machines read addresses on envelopes has saved the agency hundreds of millions of dollars, and the technology was transferred to the United Kingdom and Australia.

At UB, he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $65 million in research funding, according to the university.

As vice president, Govindaraju leads UB’s efforts to boost its research activity and its effect on the local economy.

“His accomplishments in an interim capacity have positioned UB very strongly for success in advancing our ambitious research agenda,” Tripathi said in a statement.

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