Dr. Vinod Vidwans is currently a Professor at the FLAME, Pune. He was a Senior Designer and an Ex-Vice Chairman (Research) at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. He also headed the disciplines of New Media and Software User Interface Design at NID, Ahmedabad, India. At NID he taught Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students across all the disciplines. He has been a visiting faculty & resource person at IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Symbiosis Institute of Design Pune, D J Academy of Design Coimbatore, CEPT University Ahmedabad, Pt. Deendayal Petroleum University Gandhinagar and Central University of Hyderabad.
He inherits Vedic and Indic knowledge tradition and currently engaged in research on various Indic themes. He has designed and developed a creative intelligent expert system for Indian Classical Music taking inspiration from Bharata’s Natyashastra and Sangeet Ratnakara of Sharangadeva. The software generates a Bandish (a musical composition) on its own without any human assistance in a given Raga and renders it in traditional classical Indian style. The creative software system uses principles of artificial intelligence (AI).
He carries more than twenty years of professional and research experience. While working in the industry, he designed and developed a multimedia CD ROM on computer literacy programme titled `COMPLIT’. Presently this programme is acquired by Govt. of Maharashtra(Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd.) and renamed as MS-CIT and has now more than five million users. He has also designed and developed Sharada multilingual technology for Indian languages.
He holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Fine Arts from Nagpur University where he topped. He is a recipient of Junior Research Fellowship in Fine Arts from University Grants Commission (UGC), India.
Dr. Vidwans is a cognitive philosopher, a designer and a portrait painter. He has done his Ph. D in Cognitive Philosophy and Master of Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, Mumbai. His doctoral work postulates a paradigm called `Design Intelligence’ and characterizes creativity from a holistic perspective.
He was invited to contribute a chapter in an international publication titled `Educating artists for the future’ (Ed.) Mel Alexenberg. The book was published by Intellect Books, UK in May 2008.NCERT invited Dr. Vidwans to become a member of the curriculum development committee for Graphic Design. Under this assignment he has contributed in writing a text book on Graphic Design for Standard XI and Standard XII
Recently, he has been invited by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, as a member of the Board of Studies for School of Visual & Performing Arts. He has designed and developed curriculum for a course on `Art Appreciation’ and currently writing text books for the same. He is also a member of a Doctoral Programme Committee of School of Visual & Performing Arts of IGNOU and developing text books on research methods in visual and performing arts for the doctoral studies. Dr. Vidwans is a dedicated Teacher, Researcher, and Designer with substantial managerial experience in the industry.