Engineering Building II (EB2) 2254
Raju Vatsavai joined NC State in August 2014 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Geospatial Analytics. An associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, Vatsavai is an interdisciplinary scientist known for innovative contributions to large scale spatial and spatiotemporal data management and spatial data mining. His overarching geospatial analytics research spans big data management, data mining and high performance computing with applications in national security, geospatial intelligence, natural resources, climate change, location-based services and human terrain mapping. As the associate director of the Center for Geospatial Analytics, Raju leads the development and execution of the center’s strategic vision for spatial computing research.
Vatsavai earned his master of science and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota. Previously, Vatsavai was the lead data scientist for the computational sciences and engineering division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has more than 20 years of research and development experience in large-scale data management and knowledge discovery through work at the University of Minnesota, IBM Research, AT&T Labs and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC, India). He has authored or co-authored more than 75 publications in archival journals and leading international conferences. He has been a leading investigator on numerous research grants from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security. His work has resulted in novel solutions for monitoring the Earth at global scales, for identifying vegetation changes to complex nuclear proliferation detection through very high resolution remote sensing image information mining.