Speaker Profile

KC Santosh

KC Santosh

Professor (AI) and Chair, Department of Computer Science, University of South Dakota

Prof. KC Santosh — a highly accomplished AI expert — is the professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, and the founding director of the Applied AI Research Lab at the University of South Dakota (USD). He also served the National Institutes of Health as a research fellow and LORIA Research Center as a postdoctoral research scientist, in collaboration with industrial partner, ITESOFT, France. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science—Artificial Intelligence from INRIA Nancy Grand East Research Center (France) in 2011.

With funding exceeding $2 million from sources like DOD, NSF, ED, and SDBOR, he has authored 11 books and more than 250 peer-reviewed research articles, including IEEE Transactions on PAMI and Medical Imaging. He serves as an associate editor for esteemed journals such as IEEE Transactions on AI, Int. J of Machine Learning & Cybernetics, and Int. J of Pattern Recognition & Artificial Intelligence. His recent and popular books include Cracking the Machine Learning Code: Technicality or Innovation? (2024, Springer Nature), Active Learning to Minimize Future Epidemics (2023, Springer Nature), AI, Ethical Issues and Explainability (2022, Springer Nature), and Deep Learning Models for Medical Imaging (2021, Elsevier).

To name a few, Prof. Santosh is the proud recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award (University of Derby - UK, 2023) Cutler Award for Teaching and Research Excellence (USD, 2021), the President's Research Excellence Award (USD, 2019), and the Ignite Award from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS, 2014).

Effective from Spring 2024, he has joined the NIST's AI Safety Institute Consortium, with USD being the only institution representing the state of South Dakota in this consortium.

As the founder of AI programs at USD, he has taken significant strides to increase enrollment in the graduate program, resulting in over 3,000% growth in just three years. His leadership has helped build multiple inter-disciplinary AI/Data Science related academic programs, including collaborations with Biology, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Sustainability and Business Analytics departments. Prof. Santosh is highly motivated in academic leadership, and his contributions have established USD as a pioneer in AI programs within the state of SD. More info: https://kc-santosh.org/ (personal web).