Praveen Rao

Praveen Rao

Praveen Rao, Associate Professor

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Portrait of Praveen Rao


Praveen Rao’s research interests are in the areas of big data, data science, health informatics, and cybersecurity. Specifically, he focuses on developing scalable algorithms and software systems to extract meaningful insights from massive, diverse datasets. His research, teaching, and outreach activities have been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), the University of Missouri System, University of Missouri Research Board, and companies. He is a Co-PI for the NSF IUCRC Center for Big Learning.

He has received numerous awards and honors, including:

  • N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creativity, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, 2018-2019
  • National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Award, Senior Fellowship Award, National Academies, 2016-2017
  • UMKC’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars, and Artists, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, 2016
  • IEEE Senior Member, 2015
  • IBM Big Data & Analytics Faculty Award, IBM Corporation, 2013
  • IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award, IBM Corporation, 2010


PhD from the University of Arizona
MS from the University of Arizona
BE from the University of Pune

Technical Focus

Big data and analytics
Data science
Health informatics

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