SIR-NCL Scientist receives Innovation Challenge Award from Stanford University

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Punekar News's photo.Dr. M. Karthikeyan, a scientist from CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune has been selected for the Open Innovation Challenge, Thomson Reuters and CodeX Award 2015 in the area of Big Data Analytics. The award comprised a citation and a cash prize of 10000 USD was sponsored jointly by Stanford Computer Science Department and Stanford Law School.

The challenge involved the analysis of large amount of data to discover trends and patterns with predictive abilities. The evaluation of the proposed solution was carried out by the group of judges and experts that featured three levels of screening. About 450 solvers were participated in the event worldwide and the best three were selected for the award. The solution developed by Dr. Karthikeyan involved open-source based predictive modeling methods that provide analytics to data scientists and legal practitioners.

Dr. Karthikeyan has been working in the area of Chemoinformatics and has authored several publications and patents related to Drug Discovery and information technology. He has also authored a text book on Practical Chemoinformatics published by Springer. He is currently serving on the editorial board of J. Combinatorial Chemistry and J. Molecular Informatics.

Dr. Karthikeyan earlier has received the BOYSCAST Award in 2003 by Department of Science and Technology and Overseas Associate Award in 2007 by the Department of Biotechnology to pursue advanced research in University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.
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National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) (www.ncl-india.org), Pune, India is a research, development and consulting organisation with a focus on chemistry and chemical engineering. It has a successful record of research partnership with industry. NCL is a flagship laboratory of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR,www.csir.res.in) which is the largest network of publicly funded research institutes in India.

Open Innovation Challenge, Thomson Reuters and CodeX Award
(http://codex.stanford.edu/codex-thomson-reuters-launch-201…/) is an “open call” to develop technology that can advance the legal system, and it comes with three prizes for granting the “seeker” a non-exclusive license to use the winning technologies. The contest is hosted by InnoCentive, which offers crowdsource innovation services.