Dr. Virendrakumar C. Bhavsar
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, NB, Canada
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Dr. Virendrakumar C. Bhavsar is an Honorary Research Professor, the founding Director of the Advanced Computational Laboratory, and former Professor as well as Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick. He is a Fellow of the International Institute of Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing. He received the B.Eng. (Electronics and Telecommunications) from University of Poona, India, and the M.Tech. (Electrical Eng.) as well as Ph.D. (Electrical Eng.) degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He was a faculty member at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 1974-83. Since 1983 he has been at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He is the President of SAI Super and Intelligent Computer Systems, Inc., Fredericton, NB, Canada. He has been a consultant to industries in the areas of semantic web, semantic search and matchmaking, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing.
He has been involved in organizing and leading high-performance computing activities in Canada. He was an Executive Member of SUPERCAN and HPCnet and a founding member of the Board of Directors of C3.ca, Inc. Since 2005, he has co-led the ACEnet (Atlantic Computational Excellence Network) – a $30+ million high-performance computing initiative in Atlantic Canada.
He is a member of ACM, IEEE and CIPS, and holds Information Systems Professional (ISP) designation from CIPS, Canada. He was the Vice-President of CIPS, Fredericton Section. He was the Chair, IEEE New Brunswick Section, Canada. He has conducted many professional courses for industries and research laboratories in USA, Canada, and India. He has been involved in organizing many national and international conferences/workshops. He has co-organized a series of workshops on Grid, Cluster and Big Data Computing as a part of the International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposia (IPDPS).
He has published more than 160 research papers in journals, conference proceedings, as well as book chapters, and has edited four volumes. He co-led the bioinformatics component of the Canadian Potato Genomics project. Recently, he led the Province of New Brunswick component of the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet) – a $30+ million high-performance computing initiative in Atlantic Canada. He has given numerous keynote talks at conferences and workshops around the world. Current areas of research include intelligent systems with applications in e-Business and e-Learning, semantic search and semantic matchmaking, natural language processing and deep learning.