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A Minta Martin Professor of Engineering (since 2005) Since 1991, he has been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and an affiliate Professor of Computer Science at University of Maryland (UMD), College Park. He is also affiliated with the Center for Automation Research, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (Permanent Member) and is serving as the Chair of the ECE department. His current research interests span many areas in image processing, computer vision and pattern recognition, including face and gait analysis, 3-D modeling from video, automatic target recognition from stationary and moving platforms, surveillance and monitoring, hyperspectral processing, image understanding, Multi-dimension Stochastic Processes, Statistical Inference, Computer Vision and Image Analysis, AI in Computer Vision, Robust and Secure Biometrics, and commercial applications of image processing and understanding. He received his B.E. (Hons.) degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Madras, India and his M.E. (with Distinction) degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. From 1981 to 1991, he was a faculty member in the department of EE-Systems at the University of Southern California (USC). He has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He has also co-edited and co-authored many research monographs on Markov random fields, neural networks, biometrics and surveillance. A few of the works he has published are: with Nazre Batool, “Fast detection of facial wrinkles based on Gabor features using image morphology and geometric constraints. Pattern Recognition” 48(3): 642-658 (2015); with Vishal M. Patel, Raghuraman Gopalan, and Ruonan Li, “Visual Domain Adaptation: A survey of recent advances”, IEEE Signal Process. Mag. 32(3): 53-69 (2015); with Sumit Shekhar, Vishal M. Patel, and Hien Van Nguyen, “Coupled Projections for Adaptation of Dictionaries”, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing 24(10): 2941-2954 (2015), and with Patel V.M., Maleh R. and Gilbert A.C., (2012), “Gradient-based Image Recovery Methods from Incomplete Fourier Measurements”, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, PP(99):1-1.DOI(link is external). He served as an Associate Editor of four IEEE Transactions and as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He also served as a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors and as its Vice President of Awards and Membership. He has received several awards, including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985, three IBM Faculty Development Awards, the 1990 Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Engineering at USC, the 1992 Best Industry Related Paper Award from the International Association of Pattern Recognition (with Q. Zheng), and the 2000 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He also received the IEEE Computer Society 2008 Technical Achievement Award, "For fundamental and pioneering contributions to face and human motion modeling and recognition from still images and video sequences". He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Innovator of the Year Award (with A. Sundaresan) from the Office of Technology Commercialization and received the 2007 A.J. Clark School of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Research Award. He was elected as a Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow (1996 to 1998), and as a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher (2003) at University of Maryland. He co-authored a paper that received the Best Student Paper in the Computer Vision Track at the International Association of Pattern Recognition in 2006. He was recently elected to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer of the Signal Processing Society and received the Society's Meritorious Service Award. He is a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society and received its Meritorious Service Award in 2004. He has served as a General and Technical Program Chair for several IEEE international and national conferences and workshops. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the International Association for Pattern Recognition.