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Prof. Vinod Vidwans
Professor - Faculty of Design, Art & Performance
Email: vidwans@flame.edu.in
M. Des. PhD in Cognitive Philosophy from IIT - Bombay, Mumbai; Master of Design; Master of Fine Arts

Dr. Vinod Vidwans is currently a Professor at the FLAME University, Pune. He was the Chair of FLAME School of Fine and Performing Arts previously. Before joining FLAME University, he was a Senior Designer (Professor) and an Ex-Vice Chairman (Research) at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. He also headed the Departments of New Media and Software User Interface Design at NID. He has been a visiting faculty & resource person at many prestigious institutes including IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and Central University of Hyderabad.

Currently he is engaged in research on AI and Indian Music. He has designed and developed a Creative Intelligent Expert System for Indian Music. 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).

Information is available on following web links: http://computationalmusic.com/

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 program titled `COMPLIT’. Presently this program is acquired by Govt. of Maharashtra (Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd.) and renamed as MS-CIT and has now more than five million users.

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 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.

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 as well as an advisor of the Doctoral Program.

Dr. Vidwans is a dedicated Teacher, Researcher, and Designer with substantial managerial experience in the industry.


Prof.Vidwans is a recipient of Junior Research Fellowship in Fine Arts from University Grants Commission, India. His doctoral work postulates a holistic paradigm called 'Design Intelligence' and characterizes creativity from a new perspective.

Publication Remarks
Referee for the 'ICoRD'13 - An International Conference on Research into Design IIT-Madras,2013
Book chapter - 'The New Age Graphic Design'-Graphic Design for Std.XII [Textbook] Member-NCERT, New Delhi [2013]
Books : 1) Foundations of Research in Performing & Visual Arts 2) Research Design & Presentation for Performing & Visual Arts Under Publication by IGNOU, New Delhi
Evaluated four research papers as a Referee for the `ICoRD’15 : An International Conference on Research into Design To be held at IISc, Bangalore in 2015.