Bio

Education:

Positions Held:

Honors and Awards:

  • Co-author of 2014 NIPS Workshop Student Best Paper Award: Weicong Ding (doctoral advisee), Prakash Ishwar, and Venkatesh Saligrama, “A Topic Modeling Approach to Rank Aggregation,” in Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), Workshop on Analysis of Rank Data: Confluence of Social Choice, Operations Research, and Machine Learning, Montreal, Canada, 13 Dec., 2014.
  • 2010 AVSS Best Paper Award for paper co-authored with Kai Guo and Janusz Konrad entitled “Action recognition using sparse representation on covariance manifolds of optical flow” (2010 IEEE Int. Conf. Advanced Video and Signal-Based Surveillance, Aug. 2010).
  • 2010 ICPR Winner of Aerial View Activity Classification Challenge for work co-authored with Kai Guo and Janusz Konrad  entitled “Action recognition in video by sparse representation on covariance manifolds of silhouette tunnels” (2010 Int. Conf. Pattern Recognition, Semantic Description of Human Activities Contest, Aug. 2010).
  • 2005 US National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2007 – 2008 Dean’s Research Catalyst Award, College of Engineering, Boston University.
  • 2008 2009 First Prize, Entrepreneur Design Contest, College of Engineering, Boston University.
  • IEEE Senior Member (since 2007)
  • 2000–2001 Frederic T. and Edith F. Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign.
  • Invited Member of Phi Kappa Phi (1997 – 1998)
  • 1996 J. N. Tata Endowment Scholarship, India
  • 1996 K. C. Mahindra Scholarship, India
  • 1996 Phirozeshah Godrej Award, India

Professional Service:

  • Co-organizer and Co-chair: Second IEEE International Workshop on Change Detection, in conjunction with the International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Columbus, OH, 23-28 June, 2014. Other co-organizers and co-chairs: P-M. Jodoin (University of Sherbrooke, Canada), J. Konrad (Boston University), and F. Porikli (ANU/NICTA).
  • Organizer and Chair: Special session on Control and Signal Processing for Information Fusion, in the Forty-Seventh Annual Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA, 3-6 November, 2013.
  • Web Chair: IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-Based Surveillance (AVSS), Krakow, Poland, 27-30 August, 2013.
  • Elected Member: IEEE Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) Technical Committee (2013-2015)
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2012-2014)
  • Co-organizer and Co-chair: Special session on Challenges in High-Dimensional Learning and Inference: Fundamental Limits and Algorithms,  in the IEEE International Statistical Signal Processing (SSP) Workshop, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5-8 August, 2012. Other co-organizers and co-chairs: W. C. Karl and V. Saligrama (Boston University).
  • Chair of Local Arrangements: 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT)
  • Co-organizer and Co-chair: First IEEE International Workshop on Change Detection, in conjunction with the International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Providence, RI, 16-21 June, 2012. Other co-organizers and co-chairs: N. Goyette and P-M. Jodoin (University of Sherbrooke, Canada), F. Porikli (MERL), and J. Konrad (Boston University).
  • Area Chair: Image and Video Mid-Level Analysis, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP)
  • Chair of Local Arrangements: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-Based Surveillance (AVSS)
  • Special-Session Organizer and Chair: Network Computation, 2010 Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Workshop
  • Elected Member: IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing (IVMSP) Technical Committee (2009-2012)
  • Moderator, Panelist, and Report-author: Breakout-session on Distributed Information Sensing, Processing, and Communication, US National Science Foundation Workshop: Future Directions in Systems Research for Networked Sensing, Boston University, Boston, MA, 25-26 May, 2006
  • Chair of Exhibits and Demonstrations: 2004 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN)
  • Co-organizer and Co-chair: Berkeley-Fuse 2003 - a mini-workshop on the fundamentals of sensorwebs (environment sensing and large-scale sensor networks) aimed at bringing together researchers from the signal processing, radar, communications, control, and networking communities working on various theoretical aspects of sensing and sensor networks.
  • Invited Session-Chair:
    • Oral Session: Workshop on Recent Trends in Computer Vision, Boston, MA, 2 Mar., 2015.
    • Session on Learning, Knowledge, and Networks: 10th IEEE International Workshop on Information Theory and its Applications (ITA), San Diego, CA, 1-6 Feb., 2015.
    • Session on Classification and Pattern Recognition: IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Florence, Italy, 4-9 May, 2014.
    • Session on Image and Video Biometrics: IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Vancouver, Canada, 26-31 May, 2013.
    • Session on Sampling and Statistical Signal Processing: 7th IEEE International Workshop on Information Theory and its Applications (ITA), San Diego, CA, 6-10 Feb., 2012.
    • Session on Information Theory: 49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Monticello, IL, 28–30 Sep., 2011.
    • Session on Information Theory and Cooperative Communication: 48th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Monticello, IL, 29 Sep. – 1 Oct., 2010.
    • Spotlight Poster Presentation: 7th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-Based Surveillance (AVSS), Boston, MA, 29 Aug. – 1 Sep., 2010.
    • Session on Multi-terminal Source Coding: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Austin, TX, 13-18 Jun., 2010.
  • Member, Technical Program Committees: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT, 2014), IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop (SSP, 2012), IEEE-ACM International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS, 2009), IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP, 2005 – present), IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP, 2006 – present), IEEE-ACM International Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN 2004 – 2006)
  • Reviewer: US National Science Foundation, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, Elsevier Pattern Recognition Letters, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW), Data Compression Conference (DCC).