Dr. Kothari’s expertise lies in Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, Data Mining, Big Data and other data-driven initiatives. His present research focuses on multiple aspects of Artificial Intelligence including the construction of “creative machines”.
Ravi Kothari started his professional career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Cincinnati (UC), OH, USA where he later became a tenured Associate Professor and Director of the Artificial Neural Systems Laboratory. After about 10 years at UC, he joined IBM Research and held several positions over the years including that of Chief Scientist of IBM Research, India and the Global Chief Architect of the IBM-Airtel outsourcing account where he introduced the first-ever stream based processing of telecom data (Airtel is one of the world’s largest full service telecom providers and Chief Architect is responsible for the IT strategy, design and realization across more than 15 countries). He also became IBM’s first Distinguished Engineer from India.
Dr. Kothari has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Pattern Analysis and Applications (Springer) as well as on the program committees of various conferences. He was an IEEE Distinguished Visitor (2003-2005 and 2006-2009) and was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and the IBM Industry Academy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Gerstner Award (IBM’s highest team award), the Best of IBM award (IBM’s highest individual award) and is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering