Biography:Auroop Ratan Ganguly

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Auroop Ratan Ganguly
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Toledo, Ohio
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Scientific career
FieldsClimate Extremes and Water Sustainability
Infrastructural Resilience and Homeland Security
Artificial Intelligence and Nonlinear Dynamics
Doctoral advisorRafael L. Bras

Auroop Ratan Ganguly is an American hydrologist and a civil engineer of India origin best known for his work at the intersection of Climate Extremes and Water Sustainability; Infrastructural Resilience and Homeland Security, and Artificial Intelligence and Nonlinear Dynamics.


Ganguly received a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1993), a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Toledo, Ohio (1997), and a PhD from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2002).

Professional work

Ganguly has been a faculty member at Northeastern University (NU), Boston, USA since 2013. He is currently a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also Professor by courtesy of multiple departments and colleges at NU, specifically, Computer and Information Science, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Political Science, and Public Policy and Urban Affairs, as well as a Visiting International Professor of Computer Science and Environmental Science at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Ganguly is the Director of the Sustainability and Data Sciences at NU[1].

Prior to his current position at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, he was at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory for seven years in their Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, at Oracle Corporation for five years in their Time Series Database Kernel and Demand Forecasting E-business groups, and at a startup called Demantra Inc., a demand forecasting company subsequently acquired by Oracle, for a year. In addition, he held joint and visiting faculty positions at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.  

Ganguly is member of United Nations Environmental Program review panel [2] and the lead author of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) section of the 2018 Sustained National Climate Assessment of the United States[3]. He is currently on the editorial board of Nature's Scientific Reports, and PLOS One. He is also an Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. He has previously served as an Associate Editor of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) journal Water Resources Research, on the AI committee of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and as a co-chair of the Societal Dimensions Working Group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)[4]. Ganguly is the co-founder and chief scientific adviser at the Cambridge, Massachusetts based NSF-funded startup[5] risQ[6].

Ganguly's research focuses on water and climate science, infrastructures resilience and security, as well as machine learning and nonlinear dynamics. He develops fundamental insights about weather extremes and water sustainability, innovative ways to reduce fragility of infrastructures, and new adaptations of data science. Thus, research teams led by him have been among the first to suggest the possibility of persisting cold snaps under global warming[7], point to growing spatial variability of extreme rainfall during the Indian monsoon[8], translate scientific understanding of precipitation extremes under climate change to intensity-duration-frequency curves relevant for the design of hydraulic infrastructures[9], develop efficient recovery strategies for damaged critical lifeline networks [10][11][12], rigorously compare methods to examine nonlinear relations among short and noisy data[13], develop hybrid physics and data science methods for weather and climate extremes[14], and new machine learning[15][16][17] and network science methods for representing and projecting complex space-time and graphical data[18]. His research informs governments, companies, communities, and people in the broad area of climate adaptation and resilient engineering for urban sustainability and rural development with an emphasis on becoming resilient to changes and extreme events[19][20][21].

Ganguly’s research has been cited in United Nations and US assessment reports, highlighted in commentaries in scientific venues such as Nature[22], PNAS, NASA Tech Briefs, R&D Magazine [23], US Department of Energy (DOE), and National Science Foundation (NSF) news [24], while he and his work have been quoted by the news media in the US[25][26] and across the globe[27][28][29][30][31].


  • Critical Infrastructures Resilience, with Udit Bhatia and Stephen Flynn, Routledge, 2018
  • Knowledge Discovery from Sensor Data, Auroop R. Ganguly, Joao Gama, Olufemi A. Omitaomu, Mohamed Gaber, Ranga Raju Vatsavai (editors),CRC Press , 2008

Select publications


  1. "Sustainability and Data Sciences (SDS) Lab @ NEU". 
  2. "CEE Professor Ganguly Joins United Nations Panel | Civil & Environmental Engineering | Northeastern University" (in en). 
  3. "Ganguly leads Artificial Intelligence section for US Climate Assessment | Civil & Environmental Engineering | Northeastern University" (in en). 
  4. "SDWG | Societal Dimensions Working Group" (in en). 
  5. "NSF Award Search: Award#1758286 - SBIR Phase II: Climate Analytics Platform for Catastrophe Modeling and Risk Management". 
  6. "risQ - Home". 
  7. Kodra, Evan; Steinhaeuser, Karsten; Ganguly, Auroop R. (2011-04-27). "Persisting cold extremes under 21st-century warming scenarios" (in en). Geophysical Research Letters 38 (8): n/a. doi:10.1029/2011gl047103. ISSN 0094-8276. 
  8. Ghosh, Subimal; Das, Debasish; Kao, Shih-Chieh; Ganguly, Auroop R. (2011-12-18). "Lack of uniform trends but increasing spatial variability in observed Indian rainfall extremes" (in En). Nature Climate Change 2 (2): 86–91. doi:10.1038/nclimate1327. ISSN 1758-678X. 
  9. Kao, Shih-Chieh; Ganguly, Auroop R. (2011-08-26). "Intensity, duration, and frequency of precipitation extremes under 21st-century warming scenarios" (in en). Journal of Geophysical Research 116 (D16). doi:10.1029/2010jd015529. ISSN 0148-0227. 
  10. Bhatia, Udit; Kumar, Devashish; Kodra, Evan; Ganguly, Auroop R. (2015-11-04). "Network Science Based Quantification of Resilience Demonstrated on the Indian Railways Network" (in en). PLOS ONE 10 (11): e0141890. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141890. ISSN 1932-6203. PMID 26536227. 
  11. "Researchers develop a new tool to guide recovery from disasters". 
  12. "Resilience of the US National Airspace System Airport Network - IEEE Journals & Magazine". 
  13. Khan, Shiraj; Bandyopadhyay, Sharba; Ganguly, Auroop R.; Saigal, Sunil; Erickson, David J.; Protopopescu, Vladimir; Ostrouchov, George (2007-08-14). "Relative performance of mutual information estimation methods for quantifying the dependence among short and noisy data". Physical Review E 76 (2): 026209. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.76.026209. PMID 17930123. 
  14. Ganguly, A. R.; Kodra, E. A.; Agrawal, A.; Banerjee, A.; Boriah, S.; Chatterjee, Sn; Chatterjee, So; Choudhary, A. et al. (2014-07-28). "Toward enhanced understanding and projections of climate extremes using physics-guided data mining techniques" (in English). Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics 21 (4): 777–795. doi:10.5194/npg-21-777-2014. ISSN 1023-5809. 
  15. Vandal, Thomas; Kodra, Evan; Ganguly, Sangram; Michaelis, Andrew; Nemani, Ramakrishna; Ganguly, Auroop R. (2017-08-13). DeepSD: Generating High Resolution Climate Change Projections through Single Image Super-Resolution. ACM. pp. 1663–1672. doi:10.1145/3097983.3098004. ISBN 9781450348874. 
  16. News, SIGKDD. "SIGKDD Awards : 2017 SIGKDD Best Paper Award Winners" (in en-US). 
  17. "SIAM: SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM12)". 
  18. Steinhaeuser, Karsten; Ganguly, Auroop R.; Chawla, Nitesh V. (2011-06-30). "Multivariate and multiscale dependence in the global climate system revealed through complex networks" (in en). Climate Dynamics 39 (3–4): 889–895. doi:10.1007/s00382-011-1135-9. ISSN 0930-7575. 
  20. "Climate Ready Boston Report | Civil & Environmental Engineering | Northeastern University" (in en). 
  21. "Building Community Resilience to Extreme Heat - Thriving Earth Exchange" (in en-US). Thriving Earth Exchange. 
  22. "Cold spells in a warm world". Nature 472 (7342): 139–139. 1 April 2011. doi:10.1038/472139d. 
  23. "Climate change research goes to the extremes" (in en). Research & Development. 2014-07-30. 
  24. "NSF Highlights Ganguly's Work | Civil & Environmental Engineering | Northeastern University" (in en). 
  25. "Mumbai, Miami on list for big weather disasters, panel says - The Boston Globe". 
  26. "Alumni call on MIT to champion artificial intelligence education". MIT News. 
  27. "The hurricane season comes to an end". 
  28. "Researchers develop a new tool to guide recovery from disasters". 
  29. AP (30 March 2012). "Nations should prepare for weather disasters". 
  30. "Mumbai, Miami on list for big weather disasters". 
  31. "Indian-Origin Researchers in US Discover Tool to Help Recover From Disasters". 

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