Panel Talk

India - A Knowledge Power: Opportunities and Challenges

Professor Vijay Chandru

December 14, 2008, 11.30AM - 1PM

About the Speaker

Dr. Vijay Chandru (PhD, MIT 1982) is an academic entrepreneur. Professor Chandru's academic career in teaching and research in algorithms and computational mathematics, has spanned over twenty-five years - from 1982-1992 at Purdue University, 1992-2005 at the Indian Institute of Science and since 2003 as a Research Affiliate of the Lab for Information and Decision Systems at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. He has co-authored a book in computational logic and over seventy peer-reviewed research papers. He was elected a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1996. A founder of Strand Life Sciences, a computational biology company, he currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. Strand specializes in applying decision sciences and systems modeling to drug discovery research. He is also a founder of the Association of Biotech led Enterprises (ABLE) and continues to serve as an executive council member. Professor Chandru was also a founder of PicoPeta Simputers, a private limited company that commercialized the Simputer technology and brought it to market. PicoPeta was merged with Geodesic Ltd in 2006. As one of the inventors of the Simputer, Professor Chandru received the Dewang Mehta Award, the first time it was awarded in 2001 (it is India's highest award for innovation in information technology). For work with Strand and biotechnology, he was named a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum in 2007, the Biospectrum Biotech Entrepreneur of 2007, For contributions to Science and Society, Professor Chandru was awarded the Hari Om Trust Award by University Grants Commission (MHRD) in 2003, the President's Medal of INFORMS in 2006, and was named in the 50 pioneers of change by India Today in 2008.