Prof. Rama Chellappa is a Distinguished University Professor, a Minta Martin Professor in Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. He received the B.E. (Hons.) degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Madras, India and the M.E. (with Distinction) degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. At UMD, he is an affiliate Professor of Computer Science Department, Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing Program, member of the Center for Automation Research and a Permanent Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. His current research interests span many areas in image processing, computer vision and machine learning.
Prof. Chellappa is a recipient of an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and four IBM Faculty Development Awards. He has been selected to receive the 2020 Jack S. Kilby Medal for Signal Processing from the IEEE. He received two paper awards and the K.S. Fu Prize from the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is a recipient of the Society, Technical Achievement and Meritorious Service Awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He also received the Technical Achievement and Meritorious Service Awards from the IEEE Computer Society. Recently, he received the inaugural Leadership Award from the IEEE Biometrics Council.
At UMD, he has received numerous college and university level recognitions for research, teaching, innovation and mentoring of undergraduate students. In 2010, he was recognized as an Outstanding ECE by Purdue University. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indian Institute of Science in 2016. Prof. Chellappa served as the EIC of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, as the Co-EIC of Graphical Models and Image Processing, as the Associate Editor of four IEEE Transactions, as a Co-Guest Editor of many special issues, and is currently on the Editorial Board of Image and Vision Computing and Computer Vision and Image Understanding.
He has also served as the General and Technical Program Chair/Co-Chair for several IEEE international and national conferences and workshops. He is a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society, served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and as the President of IEEE Biometrics Council. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IAPR, OSA, AAAS, ACM, and AAAI and holds six patents.