Rajendra Akerkar 

Professor/Senior Researcher

Western Norway Research Institute

Sogndal, NO-6851 Norway

Phone:  916 85 607
E-mail: rak AT vestforsk.no
Directions to the Office Building

Other Affiliations

Chairman & Managing Trustee, Technomathematics Research Foundation

Professional bio

Rajendra Akerkar is professor (/senior researcher) of Information  Technologies (IT) at Western Norway Research Institute (Vestlandsforsking), Norway, where his primary domain of activities is Big Data and semantic technologies with aim to combine strong theoretical results with high impact practical results. His recent research focuses on application of Big Data methods to real-world challenges, and social media analysis in a wide set of semantic dimensions. He also holds visiting academic assignments in India and abroad.
In 1997, he founded and chaired the Technomathematics Research Foundation (TMRF) in India. As founder of TMRF, he is instrumental in ensuring that the Foundation  lends a platform for research exchange. He serves as an IT expert for many government/non-government agencies, including the European Commission, as expert evaluator of proposals and reviewer of running major funded projects. He also serves as an advisor to the company CCM Software.
He spent the decade 1996-2006 in artificial intelligence and machine learning related research and teaching in India.  During that time, he was professor and head of computer science department at Chh. Shahu Central Institute of Business Education & Research. His research and teaching experience includes over 26 years in the Academia spanning different universities in Asia, Europe and North America.
He received DAAD fellowship in 1990 and also received prestigious BOYSCASTS Young Scientist award of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, in 1997. From 1998 – 2001, he was UNESCO-TWAS associate member at Hanoi Institute of Mathematics, Vietnam. He was also DAAD visiting professor at Universität des Saarlandes and University of Bonn, Germany in 2000 and 2007 respectively. In 2013, he was visiting professor of Web Intelligence at Université Jean Monnet, France.
In 2004, he started the International Journal of Computer Science & Applications (IJCSA), which has now become the premier open access publication in the field of computer science. He also serves as an Associate Editor of International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies  (IJMSO), and Knowledge Management Track Editor of Web Intelligence, an international journal. He is co-organiser of several workshops, programme chair of international conferences ISACA, ISAI, ICAAI and WIMS. Rajendra also serves as the scientific committee member of many reputed international conferences and he is on the editorial board of international journals in bio-inspired computing, web services, artificial intelligence and ICT. He coordinated ISO15926 and Semantic Web Technologies Network, supporting data integration and reasoning, that includes Norwegian universities, the major research institutions and representatives from the public sector, the Oil and Gas industry and the Defence industry.
He has authored/co-authored 14 books, around 124 research papers, co-edited 2 e-Books and edited 14 volumes of international conferences and workshops. In 2013, He has edited a comprehensive reference book on 'Big Data Computing'. He is also actively involved in several international ICT initiatives, and research & development projects, including FP7 projects, for more than 16 years. In 2010, he initiated world wide network on Web Intelligence, Mining and Semantics.

Research interests

Research Expertise: Knowledge Representation Reasoning, Semantic Web and Semantic Applications, Machine Learning, Knowledge Based Systems, Natural Language Interface, Mathematical Modelling, and Data Science.
Key Application Areas:  Emergency Management, Tourism, Information Security, Social Computing, Healthcare, etc.


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