Dr. Narendra S. Chaudhari is currently with Indian Institute of Technology, Indore since Aug 2009 as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. He was Director of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur (M.S.) since June 2013 till June 2018 (five year term). He had additional charge of Director of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal from March 2016 to May 2017. 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 to 04 June 2015. Further, He was also part of academic delegation of State Visit of Honorable President of India to People’s Republic of China for the duration of 24 May to 27 May 2016. He was part of FICCI’s higher education delegation to Germany, France and Netherlands for the duration of 22-27 June 2015. He represented VNIT, Nagpur in the first BRICS-Network University (NU) Conference at Yekaterinberg, Russia held on 06-09 April, 2016, where he signed Protocol Agreement on behalf of VNIT, Nagpur for being part of BRICS-NU. In 2017, at St. Petesburg Mining University, St. Petersburg, Russia, he was instrumental in making VNIT Nagpur a part of International Competence Centre in Mining Engineering and he also initiated the International Centre of Excellence in Excavation Engineering, to be funded by UNESCO, at VNIT Nagpur.
Narendra has shouldered many senior level administrative positions in universities in India as well as abroad. A few notable assignments include:
(i) Director, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur (M.S.) since June 2013 till June 2018,
(ii) Director, Maulana Azad National Insitute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal since March, 2016 to May 2017,
(iii) Chairman – Central Regional Committee, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), MHRD, Govt of India, since March 2016 till June 2017,
(iv) Chairman – Board of Governors, Government Engineering College, Chandrapur (M.S.) India (current) since Jan. 2016 till date,
(v) Mentor Director, Indian Insitute of Information Technology (IIIT), Nagpur (current) since March, 2016 till June 2018,
(vi) Member- Board of Governors of IIIT Nagpur, till date,
(vii) Co-Convenor and Secretary, Standing Committee of Council of NITs: 14 July 2016 – till date,
(viii)Member - Board of Governors of IIT Indore (2010-2013),
(ix) Member - Executive Council, Devi Ahilya University, Indore,
(x) Coordinator - International Exchange Program, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore,
(xi) Deputy Director - GameLAB, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore,
(xii) Dean - Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Devi Ahilya University, Indore,
(xiii)Dean - Research and Development, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore.
Narendra has 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 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 initiated innovation centre at VNIT Nagpur and provided leadership for product development that resulted in patents and technology transfer for engineering products. He successfully revived Computer Society of India’s Indore chapter in 2010. He is currently providing leadership as Chairman to (i) CSI Nagpur chapter and (ii) 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 twenty-nine doctoral and eighty masters students. Narendra has successfully completed eight 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 organised 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), recipient of Amity Academic Excellence Award (27 Feb. 2015), Bharat Vidya Shiromani Award (with gold medal) (18 December, 2015). Narendra is felicitated as Best Teacher in Engineering in National Education Leadership Awards (instituted by Lokmat Group) ceremony at Mumbai on 24 July, 2015. Narendra is recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award by National Institute of Cleanliness Education and Research (NICER) (A division of Afro-Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, Occupational Research and Development – ACCORD), New Delhi on 21 March, 2016.
Narendra is 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. Narendra had been Chairman, IEEE-MP Subsection and Computer Society of India Nagpur Chapter for the duration 2015-2017. Currently, he is President of Indian Academy of Mathematics.