Vasudeva Varma


Vasudeva Varma is a Professor and the Dean (Research) at IIIT Hyderabad. His research interests include search (information retrieval), information extraction, information access, cloud computing and software engineering. He heads the Search and Information Extraction Lab at IIIT Hyderabad. He is the CEO of IIIT Hyderabad Foundation, which runs one of the largest technology incubators in India. The Foundation manages IIIT-H’s IP and technology transfers.

He published a book on Software Architecture (Pearson Education) and close to two hundred technical papers in journals and conferences. In 2004, he obtained young scientist award and grant from Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, for his proposal on personalized search engines. In 2007, he was given Research Faculty Award by AOL Labs.

He co-founded SETU Software Systems Pvt Ltd, a technology start-up along with Dr. Prasad Pingali (Vasu’s first PhD student) which is focused on solving information access problems using unstructured data analytics.

He was visiting professor at UPV, Valencia, Spain (Summer 2007), UBO, Bretagne, France (Summer 2009) and Language Technologies Institute, CMU, Pittsburgh, USA (Summer 2010)

He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad in 1996. Prior to joining IIIT Hyderabad in 2002, he was the president of MediaCognition India Pvt. Ltd and Chief Architect at MediaCognition Inc. (Cupertino, CA). Earlier he was the director of Engineering and research at InfoDream Corporation, Santa Clara, CA. He also worked for Citicorp and Muze Inc. in New York as senior consultant.

Research Interests

  • Information Retrieval
  • Social Media Analysis
  • Semantic Search
  • Cloud Computing and Software Engineering



Conference and Workshop

  • Lalit Mohan, Sourav Sarangi, Y Raghu Reddy, Vasudeva Varma: Fine Grained Approach for Domain Specific Seed URL Extraction. Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2018:
  • Kirti Garg, Ashish Sureka, Vasudeva Varma: A Case Study on Teaching Software Engineering Concepts using a Case-Based Learning Environment. QuASoQ/WAWSE/CMCE@APSEC 2015: 71-78
  • Kirti Garg, Vasudeva Varma: Systemic Requirements of a Software Engineering Learning Environment. ISEC 2015: 147-155
  • Amit Sangroya, Kirti Garg, Vasudeva Varma: SAGE: An Approach to Evaluate the Impact of SOA Governance Policies. AINA Workshops 2010: 539-544
  • Kirti Garg, Vasudeva Varma: Case Studies as Assessment Tools in Software Engineering Classrooms. CSEE&T 2009: 8-11
  • Gil Taran, Vasudeva Varma, Kirti Garg: Multimedia Case Studies in Software Engineering: A Look at MDM CAP: A Case Authoring Platform for Education and Training. CSEE&T 2009: 296-297
  • Kirti Garg, Vasudeva Varma: An effective learning environment for teaching problem solving in software architecture. ISEC 2009: 139-140
  • Kirti Garg, Vasudeva Varma: Software Engineering Education in India: Issues and Challenges. CSEE&T 2008: 110-117
  • Kirti Garg, Vasudeva Varma: People issues relating to software engineering education and training in India. ISEC 2008: 121-128
  • Kirti Garg, Vasudeva Varma: A Study of the Effectiveness of Case Study Approach in Software Engineering Education. CSEE&T 2007: 309-316
  • Kirti Garg, Vasudeva Varma, K. N. Giridhar, Abhishek K. Mishra: Security: Bridging the Academia-Industry Gap Using a Case Study. APSEC 2006: 485-492
  • Vasudeva Varma, Kirti Garg: Case Studies: The Potential Teaching Instruments for Software Engineering Education. QSIC 2005: 279-286