Does religious thought always have to be the opposite of logical, scientific thought?
Professor Venkat Venkatasubramanian is Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and a Professor of Computer Science (affiliated) and a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (affiliated), at Columbia University in the City of New York. Venkat worked as a Research Associate in Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University, taught at Purdue University for 23 years, where he was Reilly Professor of Chemical Engineering, before returning to Columbia in 2011. At Columbia, Venkat directs the research efforts of several graduate students and co-workers in the Complex Resilient Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He is also the founding Co-Director of the Center for Systemic Risks Management, a transdisciplinary center with faculty from a number of departments at Columbia University. Prof. Venkatasubramanian's research contributions have been in the areas of process fault diagnosis and abnormal events management, risk analysis and management in complex engineered systems, informatics and cyberinfrastructure, molecular products design, pharmaceutical engineering and complex adaptive systems using knowledge-based systems, neural networks, genetic algorithms, mathematical programming and statistical approaches. His teaching interests include process design, process control, pharmaceutical engineering, risk analysis, complex adaptive systems, artificial intelligence, statistical physics, and applied statistics. His other interests include comparative theology, classical music, and cricket.