Prof. Vijay Chandru, former Professor of CSA and Visiting Professor of BE, elected Fellow of the AAAS

Vijay Chandru (PhD, MIT) is an academic, an entrepreneur and an advisor in translational research in Bangalore, India. He has taught computational mathematics as a tenured professor of engineering at Purdue and at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Professor Chandru is a visting professor at NCBS , a visiting scientist in global health and population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of public Health and an executive advisor in healthcare to the technology Innovation Hub ARTPark at IISc.

He was elected a fellow of the Indian Academy of Science (IASc 1996) and the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE 2010) in recognition of his academic research in computational methods for optimization, in geometry and in deductive logic. These were foundational areas of what came to be called data and decision science. Professor Chandru later focused on the development of handheld solutions (as a co-inventor of the Simputer) for addressing the digital divide, computational biology and epidemiology from a more translational research perspective.

As an entrepreneur in computational biology, Prof Chandru led Strand Life Sciences, India’s leading precision medicine solutions company, as its executive chairman (2000-2018). Chandru led the biotechnology industry apex body of India (ABLE) from 2009-2012. A Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum since 2006, he has served in the Global Industry Advisory Council for the future of health there.

In his focus now on technology for public good, Chandru works with a large group at ARTPark and IISc on enabling digital public infrastructure for clinical health, one health and climate, and Indic languages technology development. These are in concert with the public health stakeholders in local government. Prof Chandru also co-chairs the technology workstream at the Lancet Citizens Commission on reimagining India’s health systems. In his work with the non-profits Centre for Health Education and Technology (CHET) and Open Platforms for Orphan Diseases (OPFORD), Chandru is driven by the mission to achieve universal health care and “no disease orphan” in India by 2030.

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