Bio: Dr. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay is the first female Director of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), where she is a professor in the Machine Intelligence Unit, specializing in computational biology. She is currently a Professor (Higher Administrative Grade) at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. Her research is mainly in the areas of evolutionary computation, pattern recognition, machine learning, computational biology, soft and data mining and bioinformatics. As ISI Director she oversees the functioning of its centers—Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Tezpur—as well as several other statistical quality control and operation research units spread across India. Dr. Sanghamitra notes on the “Director’s Desk” states that the Indian Statistical Institute has grown over a period of more than eight decades from a small laboratory into “a unique institution of higher learning in India. Over the years ISI has defined education and research in the field of statistics and related sciences and technologies, not only in India but also around the globe.” She comments that the logo of the Institute, the Banyan tree with its myriad roots, and its motto (“Unity in Diversity”), have come to reflect developments in “statistics, mathematics, computer science, social sciences, physics and earth sciences, biological sciences, library science and quality control and reliability, and their real-life applications.”
Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay completed Bachelor of Science in physics from Presidency College, Kolkata before obtaining another bachelor’s degree (of technology) in Computer Science in 1992 from Calcutta University. She then completed master’s degree in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, before pursuing a PhD at ISI in 1998. She has worked in universities and institutes across the world which includes USA, Australia, Germany, France, China, Italy, Slovenia and Mexico. She has delivered lectures in many reputed institutions of different countries. She has authored/co-authored more than 300 research article in international journals, conferences and book chapters, and published six authored and edited books from publishers like Springer, World Scientific and Wiley. She has also edited journals special issues in the area of soft computing, data mining, and bioinformatics. Dr. Sanghamitra is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India (NASI), Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (WAST), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Indian National Science Academy (INSA). She is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma Gold Medal and also the Institute Silver Medal from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, the Young Scientist Awards of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), the Young Engineer Award of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Swarnajayanti fellowship as well as the J. C. Bose Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship from Germany. She has also been selected as a Senior Associate of ICTP, Italy. She was awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Computer Science in 2010, Infosys Prize 2017 and Third World Academy of Science Prize, 2018.