Dr. Narendra Chaudhari is currently Director of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur (M.S.), India and also with Indian Institute of Technology, Indore since Aug 2009 as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Since January 2016, he has also been Mentor Director of newly established Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Nagpur, and Chairman - Board of Governors, Government Engineering College, Chandrapur, Maharastra State, India. Since Sept 2010 to June 2013, he was Dean - Research and Development (Dean - R&D), IIT Indore. Since 2001 to July 2009, he was with the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. From 1990 to 2001, he was Professor of Computer Science Science in M.Sc. DRDO Program, Ministry of Defense (Govt. of India) at Devi Ahilya University, Indore and from 1988 to 1990, he was a Reader in M.Sc. DRDO Program, Ministry of Defense (Govt. of India) at Devi Ahilya University, Indore. Before 1988, he was with Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT, Mumbai, as a Senior Software Engineer.
Narendra was part of six-member academic delegation of State Visit of Honorable President of India to Sweden and Belarus for the duration of 31 May-04th June 2015. He was also part of FICCI’s higher education delegation to Germany, France and Netherlands for the duration of 22-27 June 2015.
Narendra has shouldered many senior level administrative positions in universities in India as well as abroad. A few notable assignments include: (i) Dean - Faculty of Engineering Sciences, (ii) Devi Ahilya University, Indore, Member - Executive Council, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, (iii) Coordinator - International Exchange Program, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, (iv) Deputy Director - GameLAB, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, (v) Dean - Research and Development, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore, (vi) Member - Board of Governors of IIT Indore, and (vii) Member - Advisory Board, ITM University, Gwalior (M.P.).
Narendra completed his undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India, in 1981, 1983, and 1988 respectively. After his Bachelor’s (B.Tech.) degree (First Class with distinction) in Electrical Engg., he had the exposure to industrial experience in the areas of electronics controllers (in Larson and Toubro, Mumbai) as well as software development (in Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai). Since 1988, he was involved in graduate level training for the defense scientists (Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India) in the area of Computer Science till 1999. Subsequently, he was a visiting faculty member in Southern Cross University, NSW (Australia), and on another visiting assignment with Freie Universitat, Berlin (Germany) in 2000. Narendra is felicitated as “Best Teacher in Engineering” in National Education Leadership Awards (instituted by Lokmat Group) ceremony at Mumbai on 24th July, 2015.
Narendra is an established researcher in Computer Science and Engineering, with significant contributions in engineering education as institute developer, and to professional societies. As a Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Indore, in 1995-1998, he initiated Institute of Engineering and Technology that is now leading Engineering institute in central India. In VNIT Nagpur, he promoted institute-wide research with multi-disciplinary projects, student mentorship program, and involvement of alumni for entrepreneurship amongst students. He successfully revived Computer Society of India’s Indore chapter in 2010. He is currently providing leadership to CSI Nagpur chapter andto IEEE M.P. Subsection.
His significant research work contributions are in the areas of network security and mobile computing, game AI, novel neural network models like binary neural nets and bidirectional nets, context free grammar parsing, optimization,parallel algorithms and graph isomorphism problem. Some of his important contributions are: (i) Authentication Protocols and Security Mechanisms for Cellular Networks, (ii) generalization of notion of alignment in bioinformatics sequences to fuzzy similarity and its usage for identification of Context Free structure in languages, (iii) rerouting strategies in Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks, (iv) applications of soft-computing techniques like genetic algorithms for cutting stock problems, and for credit risk estimation. He has delivered invited talks and presented his research results in several countries like America, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Japan, United Kingdom, etc.
He has supervised more than thirty doctoral and eighty masters students. Narendra has successfully completed 08 R&D Projects funded by DST, UGC, AICTE, MHRD, etc. He has been a reviewer for DST and UGC projects. He has also contributed collaborative Research Work on other pilot projects on Computing techniques and Industry Interaction funded by ST-Engg, DSTA and A*STAR, etc. in Singapore.
Narendra has been keynote speaker in many conferences in the areas of Soft-Computing, Game-AI, Data Management, and Information Technology. A few institutes where he has given talks on his research includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA, Nagoya Institute of Technology (NIT), Nagoya, Japan, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Manchester (U.K.), Beijing Normal University (BNU),Beijing (P.R. China), etc. He has more than 300 publications in top quality international journals and conferences. He has delivered prestigious M.S. Ramanujam memorial lecture organized by The Institution of Engineers, India in the area of Computer Engineering. He has been referee and reviewer for a number of premier conferences and journals including IEEE Transactions, Neurocomputing, etc.
Narendra is Fellow and receipient of Eminent Engineer award (Computer Engineering) the Institution of Engineers, India (IE-India), Amity Academic Excellence Award, Bharat Vidya Shiromani Award (with gold medal), as well as Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) (India), Senior member of Computer Society of India, Senior Member of IEEE, USA, Member of Indian Mathematical Society (IMS), Member of Cryptology Research Society of India (CRSI), and member of many other professional societies.