Nitesh Chawla

Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, Founding Director of the Lucy Family Institute

Data & Society, University of Notre Dame

Nitesh V. Chawla is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He is the Founding Director of the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society. He has also served as the director of the Center for Network and Data Science.

Chawla, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2007, is an expert in artificial intelligence, data science, and network science, and is motivated by the question of how technology can advance the common good through interdisciplinary research. As such, his research is not only at the frontier of fundamental methods and algorithms but is also making interdisciplinary advances through collaborations with faculty at Notre Dame and community, national, and international partners.

Chawla is the recipient of multiple awards for research and teaching innovation including outstanding teacher awards (2007 and 2010), a National Academy of Engineers New Faculty Fellowship, and a number of best paper awards and nominations. He also is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE CIS Outstanding Early Career Award; the IBM Watson Faculty Award; the IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award; the National Academy of Engineering New Faculty Fellowship; and the 1st Source Bank Technology Commercialization Award.

In recognition of the societal and community driven impact of his research, Chawla was recognized with the Rodney F. Ganey Award and Michiana 40 under 40 honor.  

Chawla is a Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies; the Pulte Institute for Global Development; and the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. He serves on the steering committee for the Health and Wellbeing Initiative and Technology Ethics Center.

Chawla is the co-founder of Aunalytics, a data science software and cloud computing company.