Abhijit S Pandya
Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Abhijit S. Pandya is an education professional with 38 years of experience in the USA and actively supports local communities. As a professor and administrator at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), he has been a mentor to several prominent young professionals with Indian heritage. As a clinical researcher, he has served the local community through clinical trials and along with his clinician partners he has used their medical practice as a means to help community youth achieve their goals in pursuing studies in the field of medicine. During his 38 years of academic career, he has been involved in cross-disciplinary research involving physical sciences, brain science, medical sciences, engineering and computer science. He is a patent-winning inventor who has worked in both industry and university settings. He has extensive experience in dealing with various cultures and has worked with top university administrators for setting up successful international collaborations. He has authored over 200 publications in IEEE Transactions, Science Magazine, Journal of General Physiology, Physics Reviews, etc. and several books in these fields. His book “Pattern Recognition using Neural Networks in C++” published by the IEEE press in 1995 was the first pioneering textbook in the field of Artificial Neural Networks. His current research is focused on augmented virtual reality, machine learning, and their applications in medicine. He served as the founder and president of Visionary Clinical Research and conducted clinical trials for Allergan, Merz, and Ipsen involving the use of botulinum toxin type A (BoNTA) for treating spasticity in patients suffering from strokes. In his role as clinical research director, he has supervised over 50 clinical trials in the areas of ophthalmology, neurorehabilitation, and orthopedics. Currently, he is involved in clinical trials carried out by Ingeneron Inc.involving stem cells for orthopedic treatments. He serves on the Board of Institute for Certified Computer Professionals, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, India, and Tunisia Tech University. He also serves as Advisor for Nirma University (NU), India. He played an influential role in formative years of NU by setting up an academic partnership between NU and FAU that has benefited over 300 students during the past two decades. During his career at FAU, he closely collaborated with industries including Siemens, Motorola, IBM, etc. and helped several local startups through SBIR funding. He was instrumental in setting up a research program at Motorola partnering with FAU which lasted over a decade and has resulted in participation by over 200 engineering students from India. The graduates of this program include several entrepreneurs who went on to set up their own industries in India and the USA. He also set up university partnerships with practicing clinicians with the purpose of conducting cutting edge research in the field of medicine. Many of his students have benefited through internships in his clinical research programs and pursued their dream to be physicians. Dr. Pandya is motivated by the legacy his countless students will leave behind for the community. He is motivated by his family of high achievers to fulfill his yearning to serve the Indian diaspora. Dr. Pandya is a professor at the School of Engineering at FAU. He also has joint appointments with the Dept. of Communications Disorder and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. During his academic career, he has served as a visiting professor at Universities in Japan, South Korea, and India. He received his undergraduate education at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Syracuse University, New York.
His current research is focused on augmented virtual reality, machine learning, and their applications in medicine.