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A keen researcher in the area of Data Science, Prof Hemalatha is an active member of the Analytics Hub at IFMR GSB. She is one of the major contributors in various hub activities such as the weekend certificate Programmes in Business Analytics and Big Data for working executives and shorter training Programmes in Data Science for corporates. She also takes up consultancy assignments with corporates, for analysis of large volumes of enterprise data.

Prof Hemalatha has done research in the role of Autonomous Agents, broadly examining their role in product recommendations and automated negotiations. Apart from presenting her research work in various national and international conferences, she has also published papers in international journals.

Prof Hemalatha has a Bachelors’ degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Bharathiyar University, Tamil Nadu and has done her Fellow Program in Management (Ph.D.) from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow in the area of Information Systems. Prior to joining IFMR in 2013, she served as faculty in the area of Information Systems at IIM, Indore and at IIM, Ranchi. Prof Hemalatha currently teaches Information Systems for Business apart from a host of electives that includes Data Mining & Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning.