Arun Kumar Pujari Advisor and Professor Emeritus Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Prof. Arun K Pujari, Former Professor and Dean of the School of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Hyderabad (UoH). He has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Rajasthan (2015-2020) and the Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, Odisha (2008-2011). Prof. Pujari joined the UoH as Reader in 1985 and became a professor in 1990. Prior to joining University of Hyderabad, he served JNU, New Delhi. Prof. Pujari completed his post-graduation from the Sambalpur University in 1974 and got his Ph.D. from IIT-Kanpur in 1980. He has more than 25 years' experience as Vice Chancellor, Dean, Head of Department, and other administrative positions. He has served several high-level bodies of UGC, DST, DRDO, ISRO and AICTE. He has wide exposure in the national and international arena, and he has been invited to University of Tokyo, Japan, University of Paris-Sud, France, Griffith University, Australia,  Memphis University, USA and IIST, United Nations University, Macau on different visiting assignments. Prof. Pujari has more than 100 publications to his credit  and his book, Data Mining Techniques, was a popular textbook adopted by several universities in India and abroad. 

  • Education
    1. Ph.D.: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India (1980)
    2. M.Sc. (Maths): Sambalpur University, Orissa (1974)
  • Research

    His research interests span AI, GIS, Combinatorial Algorithms, and Data Mining.

  • Awards

    Fellow, AP Akademi of Sciences

  • Publications


    1. Data Mining Techniques, Universities Press (1st ed. 2001)(2nd ed. 2011) (3rd ed. 2013) (4th ed. 2015)
      1. More than 20000 copies sold.  A prescribed textbook in almost all universities of south India, referred at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, JNTU, Allahabad University and reference book in all IITs, NITs and RPI, Troy, USA, University of Buffalo, USA.
    2. Database Management Systems, Indian Society of Technical Education (2002), ISBN 9788188057016
      1. Very popular across industries that use it as a training resource every year.
    3. Edited- R. Sekar, Arun K. Pujari: Information Systems Security, 4th International Conference, ICISS 2008, Hyderabad, India, December 16-20, 2008. Proceedings Springer 2008.


    Detailed list can be provided on request and obtained from Google Scholar, DBLP, IEEExplore

    2015 onwards 

    1. Arun K. Pujari, S. Mini, Trideba Padhi, Prabhanjan Sahoo: Polyhedral Approach for Lifetime Maximization of Target Coverage Problem. ICDCN 2015: 14:1-14:8
    2. Tadiparthi V. R. Himabindu, Vineet Padmanabhan, Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Arun K. Pujari:
      Recommender system algorithms: A comparative analysis based on monotonicity. ICAPR 2015: 1-6
    3. Vineet Padmanabhan, Pranay Goud, Arun K. Pujari, Harshit Sethy:
      Learning in Real-Time Strategy Games. ICIT 2015: 165-170
    4. Sandeep Kumar Sahu, Arun K. Pujari, Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Vikas Kumar, Vineet Padmanabhan: GP-SVM: Tree Structured Multiclass SVM with Greedy Partitioning.ICIT 2015: 142-147
    5. Nishma Laitonjam, Vineet Padmanabhan, Arun K. Pujari, Rajendra Prasad Lal: Topic Modelling for Songs. ICIT 2015: 130-135
    6. S. Mini, Arun K. Pujari: On the Phase Transition Analysis of k/Q-coverage Problem in Wireless Sensor Networks. ICIT 2015: 54-59
    7. Arun K. Pujari, Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Anubhuti Garg, Vineet Padmanabhan:
      Efficient computation for probabilistic skyline over uncertain preferences. Inf. Sci. 324: 146-162 (2015)
    8. Arun K. Pujari, Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Anubhuti Garg, Vineet Padmanabhan. Bi-directional Search for Skyline Probability. CALDAM 2015: 250-261
    9. Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Arun K. Pujari, Vineet Padmanabhan. Virtual user approach for group recommender systems using precedence relations. Inf. Sci. 294: 15-30 (2015)
    10. Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Arun K. Pujari, Vineet Padmanabhan, Vikas Kumar, Sandeep Kumar Sahu: Threshold-Based Direct Computation of Skyline Objects for Database with Uncertain Preferences. PRICAI 2016: 193-205
    11. K. H. Salman, Arun K. Pujari, Vikas Kumar, Sowmini Devi Veeramachaneni: Combining Swarm with Gradient Search for Maximum Margin Matrix Factorization. PRICAI2016: 167-179
    12. Tadiparthi V. R. Himabindu, Vineet Padmanabhan, Arun K. Pujari, Abdul Sattar:
      Prediction with Confidence in Item Based Collaborative Filtering. PRICAI 2016: 125-138
    13. Sowmini Devi V., Vineet Padmanabhan, Arun K. Pujari: A Matrix Factorization & Clustering Based Approach for Transfer Learning. PReMI 2017: 77-83
    14. Vikas Kumar, Arun K. Pujari, Sandeep Kumar Sahu, Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Vineet Padmanabhan: Proximal maximum margin matrix factorization for collaborative filtering. Pattern Recognition Letters 86: 62-67 (2017) 
    15. Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Arun K. Pujari, Vineet Padmanabhan, Sandeep Kumar Sahu, Vikas Kumar: Conformal recommender system. Inf. Sci. 405: 157-174 (2017)
    16. Vikas Kumar, Arun K. Pujari, Sandeep Kumar Sahu, Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Vineet Padmanabhan: Collaborative filtering using multiple binary maximum margin matrix factorizations. Inf. Sci. 380: 1-11 (2017)
    17. Arun K. Pujari, Vineet Padmanabhan, Venkateswara Rao Kagita: Bounds on skyline probability for databases with uncertain preferences. Int. J. Approx. Reasoning 80: 199-213 (2017)
    18. Vikas Kumar, Arun K. Pujari, Vineet Padmanabhan, Sandeep Kumar Sahu, Venkateswara Rao Kagita: Multi-label classification using hierarchical embedding. Expert Syst. Appl. 91: 263-269 (2018)
    19. Vikas Kumar, Arun K. Pujari, Vineet Padmanabhan, Venkateswara Rao Kagita; Group preserving label embedding for multi-label classification. Pattern Recognition, 90, 23-34, (2019)
    20. Venkateswara Rao Kagita, Arun K. Pujari, Vineet Padmanabhan, Vikas Kumar; Skyline recommendation with uncertain preferences. Pattern Recognition Letters 125: 446-452 (2019)
    21. Sowmini Devi, Vikas Kumar, Arun K Pujari, Vineet Padmanabhan; A maximum margin matrix factorization based transfer learning approach for cross-domain recommendation. To appear in Applied Soft Computing
  • Experience


    1. Lecturer, Govt. College, Angul, Orissa. (1981-82)
    2. Assistant Professor of Computer Science, School of Computer & System Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. (1982-83)
    3. Chief Instructor, Automated Cartography Cell, R&D Directorate, Survey of India, Dehradun (1983-85).
    4. Reader (or, Associate Professor) of Computer Science, School of Mathematics and Computer/Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad, (1985- 1990).
    5. Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer & Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad. (1990- 2019)
    6. Professor & Head, Dept of Computer & Info. Sc. (1993-1998) and (2004)
    7. Dean, School of Mathematics & Computer Information Sc(2005-2007)
    8. Professor, The LNM IIT, Jaipur (2007-2008)
    9. Vice Chancellor, Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, Orissa (2008-2011)
    10. Dean, School of Computer & Information Sc, Univ of Hyderabad (2013-2015)
    11. Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan, Rajasthan (2015-2020 (October))


    1. 5 Years-Vice Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan (2015-..)
    2. 3 Years- Vice Chancellor, Sambalpur University (2008-2011)
    3. 12 years- Dean and Head of Dept at Univ of Hyd including other administrative responsibilities at Univ of Hyd including Chairman, Grievance & Disciplinary Committee, Director, IQAC
    4. 15+ years of experience as member of high-level national bodies such as UGC, DST, MIT, AIU, DRDO, ISRO, AICTE as well as corporates
    5. Organizational Responsibilities: Organized many national/international events that required team management, resource mobilization, fund raising etc. 


    1. Awards: Fellow, AP Akademy of Sciences
    2. Teaching: 30 years of experience as full professor since 1990
      Introduced and developed more than 10 new courses and several programmes of studies 
    3. Research: 100+ Publications, 20+ PhD supervision, 100+   Master supervision
    4. BOOKS:
      1. Data Mining Techniques, Universities Press (2001)/ (4th Ed 2016)
      2. Database Management Systems, ISTE-LM (2002)
    5. Research Projects/Consultancies:
      1. 1.5+ crores of funding generated through research projects 
      2. Funding Bodies - DST, CSIR, UGC, ISRO, MIT, AICTE
      3. Consultancies - M/s Satyam, L&T Infotech, Dept of Posts, ADRIN CMC, IGNCA  etc.
    6. International Recognition:
      1. Invitations from many reputed institutions (Details given below)
      2. Member of Steering Committees and Program Committees of several prestigious international conferences, and professional bodies. 
      3. Reviewer and editorial board of several international journals.
  • Others

    Member of Governing Councils of other institutions (selected):

    1. Chairman, BoG, School of IT, JNTU, Hyderabad
    2. Member, BoG, IIM, Udaipur (2015-18)
    3. Member, EC, IGNTU (Central University), Amarkantak
    4. Member, BoG, IDS, Jaipur
    5. Chairman, KV Sangathan, Jaipur Region
    6. Member, Governing Body, Association of Indian Universities(AIU), New Delhi (2008-11)
    7. Member, Governing Body, Redcross Youth, Orissa
    8. Member of Governing Board, Central Institute for Tool Design, GoI Undertaking
    9. Member of Governing Board, Institute of R&D in Banking Technology, An institution of RBI
    10. Member of Board of Directors, Sierra Atlantic Software Services, A multi-national IT Company
    11. Member of Board of Directors, AP Technological Service, Govt. of A.P.
    12. Member, Governing Council, AIP, TCS

    Member of High-level Committees:

    1. Chairman, LOCF, CS, UGC
    2. UGC Committee on Online Education
    3. Chairman, PMC, DST
    4. Member, PRSG, MEITy
    5. Search and Selection Committee of Vice Chancellors of GMU, VSSUT, Manipur U, FMU
    6. Member, Taskforce for HE, Govt of Orissa
    7. Member Delegate (to UK), UK-India Higher Education Leadership programme
    8. Member, AICTE National Board of IT education 
    9. National Taskforce on Geo-visualization, Dept. of Sc and Technology, Govt. of India.
    10. Member, Standing Committee, Insurance Regulatory and Development Agency (IRDA)
    11. Expert Committee, Natural Resource Data Management System, DST, Govt. of India.
    12. UGC Visiting Committees
    13. NAAC Peer Team- as Chairman

    Selection Committees of Universities and Institutions:

    1. UPSC, (Personality Test for 7 sessions)
    2. Search and Selection Committee of Vice Chancellors of GMU and VSSUT
    3. Co-Chair, DRDO, RAC
    4. IISc, Bangalore, IIT/Bombay, IIT/Jodhpur
    5. Universities (Central) of Delhi, Tezpur, Pondicherry, NEHU, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, 
    6. CUSAT, Cochin; Goa University; NIT, Warangal, JNTU, Hyderabad, Osmania University, Hyderabad; RohilKhand University, Bareilly; Berhampur University, Berhampur; Sambalpur University, Sambalpur; Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, ANGRAU, Hyderabad, NIRD, Hyderabad, NRSA, Hyderabad, ADRIN, Dept of Space; DRDO, Hyderabad

    PhD Thesis Examiner:

    1. IIT/B, IIT/Madras, IIT/Guahati, IIIT/Hyderabad, IIT/Roorkee, IISc, Bangalore; 
      Tezpur University, Tezpur; JNU, New Delhi; Delhi University; Jamia Millia University, Delhi; Banasthali Vidyapith, Jaipur; Punjabi University Patiala; AndhraUniversity, Viskhapatnam; JNTU, Hyderabad

    International Recognition:

    1. Visiting Fellow, Institute of Industrial Sciences,  University  of Tokyo on Sabbatical leave, (1990)
    2. Visiting Fellow, International Institute of Software Technology, UN University, Macau, (1997)
    3. Visiting Professor, University of Memphis, Memphis, USA (1997)
    4. Visiting Professor, University of Griffith, Australia (1998)
    5. Visiting Professor, University of Griffith, Australia (1999)
    6. Visiting Professor (offered but could not avail), Texas A & M University, USA, (2000)
    7. Visiting Fellow, University of Mcquerie, Sydney, 2002 (did not avail)
    8. Visiting Scientist,  LIMSI, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, Orsay, France(2004)
    9. Visiting Professor, Griffith University (1998), (1999), (2006)

    International  Conferences (selected):

    1. Member, Steering Committee, International Conference on Information and System Security.
    2. Member, Programme Committee, ICVGIP’13, PRemI’13, NCVPRIPG’13, IMOC’14
    3. Chair, Programme Committee, 4th International Conference on Information and System Security,  2008
    4. Chair, Tutorial Committee, 3rd, International Conference on Information and System Security, 2007.
    5. Member, Programme Committee, International Conference on Information and System Security, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
    6. Member, Programme Committee, ICLA, 2008
    7. Co-Chair, Programme Committee,  IC3, Delhi, 2008
    8. Member, Programme Committee, Pacific-Rim International Conference on AI, 2006, Australia,  and 2008, China. 
    9. International Joint Conference on AI-2007, Member, Local Arrangement Committee
    10. Member,  Programme Committee, Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics, Image Processing, (2004), (2006).
    11. Member,  Programme Committee, Asian Conference on Computer Vision, Member, Program Committee, 2006
    12. IASTED Conference on DataBases, 2002-2005, Member, Technical Committee
    13. IASTED Technical Committee, Member
    14. National Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics, Image Processing; General Chair(2005), Programme Committee(2007), Local Chair(2009).
    15. FST & TCS, Member, Program Committee, 2005
    16. Executive Com. Member, IUPRAI
    17. Knowledge Based Computer Systems, Member, 2002-2004
    18. General Chair International Conference on IT, CIT, Hyderabad.
    19. Delivered invited lectures in many conferences. 

    Funded Projects:

    1. Evidential Reasoning Technique for identification of geomorphological features from satellite images. – 1989-92- Department of Space
    2. Neural computing approach for combinatorial optimization problem- 1989- UGC
    3. Intelligent GIS for NRDMS. 1994-98. DST
    4. DATER- AI approach to dating, 1996-99.  CSIR
    5. Development of a Decision Tree Tool for spatial Data Mining, 2000. ADRIN
    6. Investigation of wavelet analyses for content based image retrieval, 2002 AICTE
    7. Content based retrieval of remote sensing data, 2005 DoS
    8. National Metadata Standards for geospatial data, 2004 DoS
    9. Data Mining techniques for Cyber security, 2006 MIT
    10. Manifold Learning and Applications, 2007 CSIR

    Consultancy Projects:

    1. ECIL,  Identification of surface defects in radioactive palletes using Mathematical Morphology. 1993
    2. Survey of India- 3D  reconstruction of Monolithic Buddha statue using stereo images. 1993
    3. Dept of Post- Software VITARAN- Registered letter delivery system. 1995- 
    4. IGNCA- National Consultant for  the UNDP project   “Strengthening of National Facility for Interactive Multimedia Documentation on Cultural Resources” , Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, 1996-97. 
    5. Andhra Bank Data Warehousing for Andhra Bank
    6. ADRIN Decision Tree for Landslide Prediction
    7. Corporate Training - Satyam, L&T Infotech.

    Member of Professional Societies:

    1. Member, ACM (2013 - )  past 
    2. Member, IEEE - past
    3. Member of International Neural Network Society ( 1991-92) - past
    4. Life Member, Indian Unit of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence
    5. Life Member Indian Society of Technical Education
    6. Life Member of Orissa Mathematical Society
    7. Member of Editorial Advisory Board, GIS India.