Prof. Sanjay Ranka currently serves as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida.
Prof. Ranka received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1985, and subsequently went on to receive his doctorate degree in Computer & Information Science from the University of Minnesota 1988. From 1999-2002, as the Chief Technology Officer at Paramark, he developed a real-time optimization service called PILOT for marketing campaigns. Paramark was recognized by VentureWire/Technologic partners as a Top 100 Internet technology company in 2001 and 2002, and was acquired in 2002. He has also held positions as a tenured faculty member at Syracuse University, academic visitor at IBM, and summer researcher at Hitachi America Ltd.
The focus of his current research is the development of efficient computational methods and data analysis techniques for applications in transportation, health care, and scientific computing. A core aspiration of his research is to develop novel algorithms and software that make an impact on the application domain, exploiting the interdependence between theory and practice of computer science.
He is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association, and a former member of IFIP Committee on Cloud Computing. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Kanpur in 2022.