Naren Ramakrishnan

Director of DAC

Naren Ramakrishnan is the Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. He is also the director of the Discovery Analytics Center. He received his Ph.D. in computer sciences from Purdue University.

His research interests include data science, applied machine learning, and urban analytics. His work has been featured in the National Institutes of Health outreach publication Biomedical Computation Review, the National Science Foundation’s Discoveries series, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Smithsonian Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Popular Science.

His research has been supported by NSF, DHS, NIH, NEH, IARPA, DARPA, DTRA, ONR, US Army Research Office, US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Ford, General Motors, General Dynamics, HP Labs, L3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Mayfair Group, Northrop Grumman, and NEC Labs.


Professor of Computer Science
Research Areas:
  • iconForecasting
Phone: (571) 858-3331
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EMBERS EMBERS is a system for forecasting societal significant societal events from open source surrogates.
Research Areas:
  • iconForecasting
  • iconNetwork Science
Dates: August 1, 2012July 4, 2016


Grants Provided By

Naren Ramakrishnan's Timeline

Year: 2000

Received an NSF CAREER grant

Year: 2005

Dean's awards for teaching excellence

Year: 2009

Included in "40 under 40" for Computerworld's innovative IT people to watch

Year: 2009

Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Year: 2009

Received HP Labs innovation award

Year: 2010

Included in "40 under 40" for Purdue University's list of distinguished alumni

Year: 2010

Dean's awards for research excellence

Year: 2011

Received Virginia Tech's Alumni award for research excellence - the highest research award given at the university