Rajendra Akerkar is a
professor (senior researcher) of Information
Technologies (IT) at Western Norway
Research Institute (Vestlandsforsking), Norway,
where he leads big data
research team. His primary domain of activities
is ubiquitous data and semantic technologies with aim
to combine strong theoretical results with high impact
practical results. His current research focuses on
application of big data methods to real-world
challenges such as urban mobility and emergency
management, and social media analysis in a wide set of
In 1997, he founded 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 expert for many government/non-government agencies, including the European Commission, as expert evaluator of proposals and reviewer of running major funded projects.
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. He also held an appointment as adjunct professor at University of Oslo.
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 is also serving 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. He serves as the scientific committee member of many reputed international conferences.
He has extensive experience in managing research and development projects funded by both industry and funding agencies, including the EU Framework Programs and the Research Council of Norway. He is actively involved in several international ICT initiatives, and research & development projects for more than 18 years. In 2010, he has initiated world wide network on Web Intelligence, Mining and Semantics. He has 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 Defense 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 edited a comprehensive reference book: 'Big Data Computing'. In 2016, He has co-authored a book entitled 'Intelligent Techniques for Data Science' with Springer International Publishing.
To learn more about BIG DATA @ Vestlandsforsking,