Svetha Venkatesh FAA FTSE is one of the top 15 women in the world in Artificial Intelligence. She is Indian/Australian and is an Alfred Deakin Professor in the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments, in the Department of Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics at Deakin University, as well as a professor of computer science and director of the Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA) at Deakin. She was elected a Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition in 2004 for her contributions to the “formulation and extraction of semantics in multimedia data”. She was also elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2006 and an ARC Laureate Fellow in June 2017. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in May 2021.
Venkatesh has developed new technologies in large-scale pattern recognition in big data.Based on gender diversity analysis of 1.5m research papers, Venkatesh is one of the top 15 women in the world contributing to artificial intelligence research.Venkatesh delivered the 2015 Harrison Lecture for Innovation. In addition to her research, in 2015 she founded SPARK Deakin – Deakin University’s flagship entrepreneurship program.