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Chellappa, Rama

Minta Martin Professor of Engineering
Distinguished University Professor
ECE/UMIACS/CS
4411 AV Williams Building
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301-405-3656

Research Interests 

  • Digital Image Processing and Pattern recognition
  • Video Processing
  • Multi-dimension Signal Processing and Stochastic Processes
  • Statistical Inference
  • Computer Vision and Image Analysis

Background 

Prof. Rama Chellappa received the B.E. (Hons.) degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Madras, India in 1975 and the M.E. (with Distinction) degree from  the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1977. He received the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1978 and 1981 respectively. he holds a Minta Martin Professorship in the A.J. Clark School of Engineering and is serving as the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he was an Assistant (1981-1986) and Associate Professor (1986-1991) and Director of the Signal and Image Processing Institute (1988-1990) with the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Over the last 32 years, he has published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He has co-edited/co-authored books and research monographs on Markov random fields, gait analysis, face recognition, artificial neural networks and human action recognition. His current research interests are face and gait analysis, secure biometrics, 3D modeling from video, image/video exploitation from stationary and moving platforms, compressive sensing, hyper spectral processing, and commercial applications of image processing and understanding.

Prof. Chellappa served as an associate editor of four IEEE Transactions, as a co-Editor-in- Chief of Graphical models and Image Processing and as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He also served as a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors, as a Distinguished Lecturer and as its Vice President of Awards and Membership. He also served as the President of the IEEE Biometrics Council. He has received several awards, including an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, four IBM Faculty Development Awards, the 1990 Excellence in Teaching Award from School of Engineering at USC, the Society, Technical Achievement and Meritorious Service Awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society and the Technical Achievement and Meritorious Service Awards from the IEEE Computer Society. He also co-authored two papers that were recognized as best industry-related paper and best student paper, respectively by the International Association of Pattern Recognition. In 2012, he received the K.S. Fu Prize from the International Association of Pattern Recognition.

At the University of Maryland, he was elected as a Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow, as a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and received the Outstanding Invention Award from the Office of technology Commercialization. He is a recipient of the Faculty Outstanding Research Award and the Poole and Kent Teaching Award from the Senior Faculty from the College of Engineering and an Outstanding GEMSTONE Mentor Award.  In 2010, Purdue University recognized him with an Outstanding ECE award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the International Association for Pattern Recognition, the Optical Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as a General and Technical Program Chair for several IEEE international and national conferences and workshops and is a Golden Core Member of IEEE Computer Society. He holds four patents.

Go here to view Chellappa's academic publications on Google Scholar.

Honors and Awards 

    •    Innovate Maryland: Information Sciences Winner (2017)
    •    University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor (2016)
    •    University of Maryland Outstanding Invention in Information Science (2015)
    •    International Association of Pattern Recognition K.S. Fu Prize, (2012)
    •    Clark School of Engineering Poole and Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award (2011)
    •    Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Alumni Award, Purdue University (2010)
    •    IEEE Signal Processing Society Award (2009)
    •    IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2008)
    •    Optical Society of America Fellow
    •    IBM Faculty Award (2008)
    •    IBM Faculty Award (2007)
    •    IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (2007)
    •    Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2007)
    •    IBM Faculty Award (2006)
    •    Co-Author of Best Student Paper, received by one of his students at ICPR (2006)
    •    IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service Award (2004)
    •    IEEE Signal Processing Society Vice President of Awards & Membership (2002-2004)
    •    Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland (2003-2004)
    •    IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2001)
    •    Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
    •    Co-Editor-in-Chief of Graphical Models and Image Processing
    •    Assoc. Editor, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Image Processing, and Neural Networks
    •    IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors (1996-1999)
    •    Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (1996)
    •    IEEE Fellow
    •    Distinguished Research Faculty Fellow, University of Maryland (1996-1998)
    •    Best Paper Award, International Conference on Pattern Recognition (1992)
    •    Best Industry Related Paper, International Association of Pattern Recognition (1992)
    •    Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Engineering, Univ. of Southern California (1990)
    •    IBM Faculty Development Award (1985)
    •    NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1985)
    •    IBM Faculty Development Award (1985)

Related News 

Rama Chellappa Keynote Speaker at BMVC 2018
BMVC is one of the major international conferences on computer vision and related areas held in the UK. September 13, 2018

Joseph JaJa Named Interim Chair of ECE Department
A distinguished researcher and administrator, Professor Joseph JaJa will assume new role July 1. June 19, 2018

RC65 Honors Chellappa’s 65th Birthday and his Academic Contributions to Computer Vision Research
Chellappa has trained and collaborated with many generations of researchers in computer vision, image and signal processing, machine learning, and biometrics. June 13, 2018

Study validates face recognition experts, but shows humans perform best with an AI partner
New research combines computer vision research, forensic science, and psychology. June 6, 2018

Dinesh Manocha Joins ECE as the Paul Chrisman Iribe Professor of Computer Science
Manocha’s research focuses on geometric and scientific algorithms with applications to computer graphics, robotics, and virtual reality. May 9, 2018

ECE Names 2017-2018 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
The fellowships are awarded to outstanding students in the final stages of dissertation work in recognition of their research excellence. April 18, 2018

UMD Celebrates Invention of Year Winners, Ventures, and Partnerships at 'Innovate Maryland'
An electric vehicle charger innovation takes home top honors for Invention of Year. April 17, 2018

UMD Researchers Tackle Facial Verification Software Head On
Forward-facing Invention of the Year nominee radically improves current software April 9, 2018

Chellappa and Liu Ranked in Top 150 Scientists on Academic Website
Chellappa and Liu have been nationally ranked in the top 150 scientists in the field of computer science and electronics for 2018 by the academic website Guide2Research. April 6, 2018

Clark School Researchers Recognized for Exceptional Inventions
Among the nine 2017 Invention of the Year award nominees, six are led by or include Clark School researchers. March 7, 2018