Vipin Kumar is a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota, where he holds the William Norris Endowed Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and serves as the Director of the Data Science Initiative at the College of Science and Engineering. He also served as the Head of the Computer Science and Engineering Department from 2005 to 2015 and the Director of Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) from 1998 to 2005. Kumar's research interests span data mining, high-performance computing, and their applications in Climate/Ecosystems and health care. He has authored over 400 research articles, and has coedited or coauthored 10 books including two text books "Introduction to Parallel Computing" and "Introduction to Data Mining", that are used world-wide and have been translated into many languages. Kumar's current focus is on developing a new generation of machine learning techniques that are guided by scientific knowledge, and their applications to understanding the impact of human induced changes on the Earth and its environment.
Kumar has received numerous awards including being elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement for Science (AAAS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). His foundational research in data mining and high performance computing has been honored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2012 Innovation Award, the highest award for technical excellence in the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD); and the 2016 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award, one of IEEE Computer Society's highest awards in high-performance computing.
Kumar received his B.E. degree in electronics and communication engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee; an M.E. degree in electronics engineering from Philips International Institute, Netherlands; and a Ph.D. degree in computer science from University of Maryland, College Park.
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