Sanjay Ranka, Ph.D.

Sanjay Ranka, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor


Sanjay Ranka is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida. From 1999-2002, as the Chief Technology Officer at Paramark (Sunnyvale, CA), he developed a real-time optimization service called PILOT for marketing campaigns. PILOT served more than 10 million optimized decisions a day in 2002 with a 99.99% uptime. Paramark was recognized by VentureWire/Technologic Partners as a Top 100 Internet technology company in 2001 and 2002 and was acquired in 2002. Sanjay has also held positions as a tenured faculty member at Syracuse University, academic visitor at IBM and summer researcher at Hitachi America Limited.

Research in high-performance computing and big data science is an important avenue for novel discoveries in large-scale applications. The focus of his current research is the development of efficient computational methods and data analysis techniques to model scientific phenomenon, and practical applications of focus are improvements to the quality of healthcare and the reduction of traffic accidents. A core aspiration of his research is to develop novel algorithms and software that make an impact on the application domain, exploiting the interdependence between theory and practice of computer science

He has co-authored one book, four monographs, 300+ journals and refereed conference articles. His recent co-authored work has received a best student paper runner-up award at IGARSS 2015, best paper award at BICOB 2014, best student paper award at ACM-BCB 2010, best paper runner-up award at KDD-2009, a nomination for the Robbins Prize for the best paper in the Journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology in 2008, and a best paper award at ICN 2007.

He is a fellow of the IEEE and AAAS and a past member of IFIP Committee on System Modeling and Optimization. He won the 2020 Research Impact Award from IEEE Technical Committee on Cloud Computing. He is an associate editor-in-chief of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing and an associate editor for ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Sustainable Computing: Systems and Informatics, Knowledge and Information Systems, and International Journal of Computing. Additionally, he is a book series editor for CRC Press for Bigdata. In the past, he has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and IEEE Transactions on Computers.

He was a general co-chair for ICDM in 2009, International Green Computing Conference in 2010 and International Green Computing Conference in 2011, a general chair for ACM Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in 2012, and a program chair for the 2013 International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium and 2015 High-Performance Computing Conference. He was a co-general chair for DataCom 2017 and co-program chair for ICMLDS 2017 and 2018.

His work has received 12,800+ citations with an h-index of 55 (based on Google Scholar). He has consulted for several startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Primary Research Area

Database, Data Science and Informatics

Research Areas

Cloud Computing, Concurrency, Parallelism and High-Performance Computing, Data Mining, Database, Data Science and Informatics, Digital Health, Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems, Energy-Aware Computing, Image and Signal Analysis, Internet of Things


Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1988
BTech, Computer Science, IIT Kanpur, 1985

Research Interests

Data mining, Informatics and Grid Computing for Data Intensive Applications in High Energy Physics, BioTerrorism and BioMedical Computing

Awards & Distinctions

  • Fellow IEEE
  • Fellow AAAS
  • UF Term Professorship, 2021
  • UF Research Foundation Professor, 2018


Contact Information

Telephone: 352-514-4213

Fax: 352-392-1220



Office: MH 6112

Mailing Address:

432 Newell Drive
PO Box 116120, CSE Building
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States