Dr. Nitesh Chawla

Dr. Nitesh Chawla

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA)
Index Director, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index

Nitesh Chawla is the Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Notre Dame and Engineering and Director of the Notre Dame Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA). He is also a lead of the Transportation Networks program at the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, and a fellow with both the Reilly Center for Science, Technology & Values and with the Institute of Asia and Asian Studies at Notre Dame. Chawla leads the data science and technology team of ND-GAIN to integrate the research outcomes of ND-GAIN into the Index and to extend the functionality of the Index.

Chawla brings a wealth of data and network science experience to ND-GAIN. His research is focused on Big Data, Data Science and Network Science and he has applied this work in many arenas, including cutting edge applications in healthcare informatics, social networking, and analytics, as well as in climate and environmental science. As a lead researcher with ND-GAIN, Chawla is working to regionalize the Index, advance its robustness and sensitivity, and to advance the interface with users. 

He is the recipient of multiple awards for research and teaching innovation including outstanding teacher awards (2007 and 2010), National Academy of Engineers New Faculty Fellowship, and number of best paper awards and nominations. He received the IBM Watson Faculty Award in 2012 and the 2013 IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award. He is the former chair of the IEEE CIS Data Mining Technical Committee and the current chair of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Big Data, and serves on a number of editorial boards and organizing/program committees of conferences. He is the founder of Aunalytics, Inc.