Dr. Vadlamani Ravi is the Professor at the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, Hyderabad since June 2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in the area of Soft Computing from Osmania University, Hyderabad and RWTH Aachen, Germany (2001); MS (Science and Technology) from BITS, Pilani (1991) and M.Sc. (Statistics & Operations Research) from IIT, Bombay (1987). At IDRBT, he spearheads the Center of Excellence in Analytics, first-of-its-kind in India and evangelizes Analytical CRM and Non-CRM related analytics in a big way by conducting customized training programmes for bankers on OCRM & ACRM; Data Warehousing, Data and Text Mining, Big Data Analytics, Fraud Analytics, Risk Analytics, Social Media Analytics, Credit Recovery Analytics, Business Analytics and conducting POC for banks etc.

He has 165 papers to his credit with the break-up of 72 papers in refereed International Journals, 6 papers in refereed National Journals, 70 papers in refereed International Conferences and 3 papers in refereed National Conferences and 14 invited book chapters. His papers appeared in Applied Soft Computing, Soft Computing, Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, Expert Systems with Applications, Engineering Application of Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Information Sciences, Journal of Systems and Software, Knowledge Based Systems, Neurocomputing,IJUFKS, IJCIA, IJAEC, IJDMMM, IJIDS, IJDATS, IJISSS, IJECRM, IJISSC, IJCIR, IJCISIM, IJBIC, JIPS, Computers and Chemical Engineering, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Biochemical Engineering Journal, Computers in Biology and Medicine, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Bioinformation, Journal of Services Research etc. He also edited a Book entitled "Advances in Banking Technology and Management: Impacts of ICT and CRM" (http://www.igi-global.com/reference/ details.asp?id=6995), published by IGI Global, USA, 2007. Some of his research papers are listed in Top 25 Hottest Articles by Elsevier and World Scientific. He has an H-index of 27 and more than 2808 citations for his papers (http://scholar.google.co.in/). His profile was among the Top 10% Most Viewed Profiles in LiknkedIn in 2012. He is recognized as a Ph.D. supervisor at Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad and Department of Computer Sciences, Berhampur University, Orissa. He is an invited member in Marquis Who's Who in the World, USA in 2009, 2015. He is also an invited member in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century 2009/2010- published by International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England, He is an Invited Member of "Top 100 Educators in 2009" published by International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. So far, 3 Ph.D. students graduated under his supervision and 5 more are currently working towards Ph.D. So far, he advised more than 50 M.Tech./MCA/M.Sc projects and 20 Summer Interns from various IITs. He currently supervises 3 M.Tech students. He is on the IT Advisory Committee of Canara Bank for their DWH and CRM project; IT Advisor for Indian Bank for their DWH and CRM project and Principal Consultant for Bank of India for their CRM project; Expert Committee Member for IRDA for their Business Analytics and Fraud Analytics projects.

He is a referee for 40 International Journals of repute. Moreover, he is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the "International Journal of Information Systems in Service Sector" published by IGI Global, USA; "International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies" published by Inderscience, Switzerland; International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences (IJIDS), Inderscience, Switzerland; International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences (IJSDS), IGI Global, USA and International Journal of Information Technology Project Management (IJITPM), IGI Global, USA. International Journal of Data Science (IJDS), Inderscience, Switzerland; Editorial Board Member for Book Series in Banking, Inderscience Switzerland, He is on the PC for some International Conferences and chaired many sessions in International Conferences in India and abroad.

His research interests include Fuzzy Computing, Neuro Computing, Soft Computing, Evolutionary Computing, Data Mining, Text Mining, Web Mining, Big Data, Privacy Preserving Data Mining, Global/Multi-Criteria/Combinatorial Optimization, Bankruptcy Prediction, Risk Measurement, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Fraud Analytics, Sentiment Analysis, Social Media Analytics, Big Data Analytics, Churn Prediction in Banks and firms and Asset Liability Management through Optimization. In a career spanning 27.5 years, Dr. Ravi worked in several cross-disciplinary areas such as Financial Engineering, Software Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Medical Entomology, Bioinformatics and Geotechnical Engineering.

At IDRBT, he held various administrative positions such as Coordinator, IDRBT-Industry Relations (2005-06), M. Tech (IT) Coordinator, (2006-2009), Convener, IDRBT Working Group on CRM (2010-11); Ph. D. Coordinator (2014-2016). As the convener, IDRBT Working Group on CRM, he co-authored a Handbook on Holistic CRM and Analytics (http://www.idrbt.ac.in/PDFs/Holistic%20CRM%20Booklet_Nov2011.pdf), where a new framework for CRM, best practices and new organization structures apart from HR issues for Indian banking industry are all suggested. He has 27.5 years of research and 14 years of teaching experience. He designed and developed a number of courses in Singapore and India at M. Tech level in Soft Computing, Data Warehousing and Data Mining, Fuzzy Computing, Neuro Computing, Quantitative Methods in Finance, Soft Computing in Finance etc. Further, he designed and developed a number of short courses for Executive Development Programmes (EDPs) in the form of 2-week long CRM for executives, Data Mining, Big Data and its relevance to Banking, Fraud Analytics etc. He conducted ACRM proof of the concept (POC) for 14 banks on their real data. He established excellent research collaborations with University of Hong Kong, University of Ghent, Belgium, IISc., Bangalore and IIT Kanpur. He co-ordinated Two International EDPs in University of Ghent, Belgium on ACRM to banking executives jointly with Prof Dr Dirk Van den Poel, University of Ghent, Belgium in 2011 and 2012. As part of academic outreach, he is a Guest Speaker in IIM Kolkata's PGP programme and an invited Resource Person in various National Workshops and Faculty development programmes on Soft Computing, Data Mining, Big Data funded by AICTE and organized by SRM University, JNTU, UoH and some Engineering Colleges in India. He is an invited Panel Member/Chair in several National forums like IBA on Big Data Analytics in Banking in India. He is a member of task force set up to suggest changes to curriculum by NSDC and administered by NASSCOM to develop Data Scientists. Further, he contributed to the Roadmap for Big Data in India developed by DST. He is an External examiner for Ph.D. in Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and Christ University, India. Further, he is an External Expert to review Research Project Proposals on Analytics and ACRM submitted by the Belgian Academics to Belgian Government for funding.

He was the Associate Professor at IDRBT between February 2010-June 2014. Prior to joining IDRBT as Assistant Professor in April 2005, he worked as a Faculty at the Institute of Systems Science (ISS), National University of Singapore (April 2002 - March 2005). At ISS, he was involved in teaching M. Tech. (Knowledge Engineering) and research in Fuzzy Systems, Neural Networks, Soft Computing Systems and Data Mining & Machine Learning. Further, he consulted for Seagate Technologies, Singapore and Knowledge Dynamics Pte. Ltd., Singapore, on data mining projects. Earlier, he worked as Assistant Director (Scientist E1) from 1996 -2002 and Scientist C from 1993-1996 respectively at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad. He was deputed to RWTH Aachen (Aachen University of Technology) Germany under the DAAD Long Term Fellowship to carry out advanced research during 1997-1999. He earlier worked as Scientist B and Scientist C at the Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee (1988-1993) and was listed as an expert in Soft Computing by TIFAC, Government of India.

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