Virendrakumar (Virendra) C. Bhavsar

Honorary Research Professor and Professor Emeritus

(former Professor and Dean)

Coordinator, Advanced Computational Research Lab.

Founding Fellow, The International Institute of Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing

B. Eng. (Univ. of Poona), M.Tech., Ph.D. (Indian Institute of Technology/Bombay)

Gillin Hall, Room E-109A

Faculty of Computer Science

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, E3B 5A3 Canada


Current research interests include the following areas: 

* Parallel and Distributed Intelligent Systems: Semantic matching, semantic search and semantic matchmaking with applications in search engines, e-business. e-Health, e-Learning (funded by NSERC Canada and New Brunswick Innovation Foundation).

* Parallel/ Distributed Computing: Semantic Matching and Natural Language Processing with Cluster and GPGPU computing, Big Data Computing.


Past research work spans many other areas of computer science including computer architecture, real-time process control systems, fault-tolerant computing, transliteration, 3-D computer graphics, fractals, and multi-lingual systems. Founded the first research group in computer science at the University of New Brunswick in 1986 and also Ied the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) project on the Advanced Computational Research Laboratory (ACRL) and established the laboratory in 2000.  

Carried out research work with researchers from the National Research Council, Ottawa; University of Akron, Ohio; Center for Development of Advanced Computing, India; University of Illinois, Urbana; University of Poona, India, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA and University of New Brunswick.

Authored more than 160 research papers in journals and conference proceedings and has edited 4 volumes. He has supervised/co-supervised over 70 master's theses and doctoral theses and has also worked with many  post-doctoral fellows/research associates. Please follow this link to the list of Research Papers/Reports

Professional Activities

He has been involved in organizing and leading high performance computing activities in Canada. He was an Executive Member of HPCnet (1996-98) and a founding member of the Board of Directors of, Inc. (1998-2003). He co-led the ACEnet (Atlantic Computational Excellence Network) project – a $30+ million high performance computing initiative in Atlantic Canada.

He is a member of ACM, IEEE and CIPS, and holds Information Systems Professional (ISP) designation from CIPS, Canada. He was the Vice-President of CIPS, Fredericton Section. He is the Past Chair of the IEEE, New Brunswick Section of the IEEE Canada, 2000-2002. He is an Advisory Board Member of the International Institute of Information Technology, Pune, India. He has conducted many professional courses for industries and research laboratories in USA, Canada and India. He has organized many conferences. He has been also a Program Committee Member of many conferences.

He has been involved in organizing many national and international conferences/workshops. He has given many keynote talks at conferences and workshops around the world. He has been co-organizing a series of workshops on Grid, Cluster and Big Data Computing as a part of the International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposia (IPDPS).

He was the Dean, Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2008. He has spent parts of his sabbatical leaves at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, in 1990, 2010-11 and 2013. He was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology, Pune, India, during 2008-09. He was the faculty member at the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 1976-83.

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