Invited Speakers who have given consent for delivering talk at PerMIn'15





Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri

Deputy Director (AIA) & Professor, IIT Mumbai, India


Topic: Applications of Machine Learning in Haptic Perception

Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri received his B.Tech. Degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1985. He received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, respectively, from the University Of Calgary, Canada and the University of California, San Diego. He joined the Electrical Engineering Department at IIT, Bombay in 1990 as an Assistant Professor and is currently serving as the Deputy Director (AIA) & Professor, IIT Mumbai, India. He served as the Head of the department during the period 2005-2008. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Technical University of Munich and the University of Paris XI. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been has been named a 2011 IEEE Fellow.

He is the recipient of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 2001, the Swarnajayanti Fellowship in 2003, and the S.S. Bhatnagar Prize in engineering sciences for the year 2004. He is awarded the J.C. Bose National Fellowship in 2008. He is a co-author of the books 'depth from defocus: a real aperture imaging approach', 'motion-free super-resolution', and 'ambulation analysis in wearable ECG', all published by Springer, NY. He has also edited a book on 'superresolution imaging' published by Kluwer Academic in 2001. He is currently an associate editor for the journals IEEE Transactions in Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and International Journal of Computer Vision. He has served as the program chair for International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) held in Beijing in 2005.

His research interests include pattern recognition, image processing, and computer vision.



Dr. Ravi Kothari

Associate Director - IBM Research, India


Topic: Biologically Inspired Machine Learning

Ravi Kothari started his professional career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science (ECECS) at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (USA) where he later became a tenured Associate Professor and Director of the Artificial Neural Systems Laboratory. During that time, his work focused on pattern recognition, machine learning, self-organization, mathematical modeling, adaptation, and application of these technologies to various areas. He has about 100 international publications and more than 20 issued patents to his credit.

Since 2002, he has been with IBM Research. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and is presently the Chief Scientist of IBM Research - India. Prior to his present role, he also served as the Chief Architect of the Bharti account.

Dr. Kothari has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Pattern Analysis and Applications (Springer) as well as on the program committees of various conferences. He was an IEEE Distinguished Visitor (2003-2005 and 2006-2009) and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He was a recipient of the 2008 Gerstner Award.





Prof. Andrea Cavallaro

Director, Centre for Intelligent Sensing, Queen Mary University of London, England


Topic: Wearable and Robotic Camera Networks

Andrea Cavallaro is Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing and Director of the Centre for Intelligent Sensing at Queen Mary University of London, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, in 2002. He was a Research Fellow with British Telecommunications (BT) in 2004/2005 and was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering teaching Prize in 2007; three student paper awards on target tracking and perceptually sensitive coding at IEEE ICASSP in 2005, 2007 and 2009; and the best paper award at IEEE AVSS 2009. Prof. Cavallaro is Area Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He is an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, and chair of its Awards committee. He served as an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee, as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and as Guest Editor for seven international journals. He was General Chair for IEEE/ACM ICDSC 2009, BMVC 2009, M2SFA2 2008, SSPE 2007, and IEEE AVSS 2007. Prof. Cavallaro was Technical Program chair of IEEE AVSS 2011, the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2008) and of WIAMIS 2010. He has published more than 130 journal and conference papers, one monograph on Video tracking (2011,Wiley) and three edited books: Multi-camera networks (2009, Elsevier); Analysis, retrieval and delivery of multimedia content (2012, Springer); and Intelligent multimedia surveillance (2013, Springer).




Prof. Neeraj Jain

Professor, National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, India



Topic: Tactile information processing in the brain and the effects of spinal cord injuries


Dr Neeraj Jain is Professor and Senior Scientist at National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, Gurgaon. He obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Ph.D. from IARI, New Delhi. He worked with Prof. Jon Kaas at Vanderbilt University, USA for his post-doctoral Research work, where he continued as Research Assistant Professor. While at Vanderbilt University, he was awarded Young Scientist Award by John F Kennedy Center for his work on effects of spinal cord injuries on the brain.
Dr Jain was awarded the prestigious International Senior Research Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust, UK, to set up his laboratory and continue the research work in India. Major focus of his research is on information processing in the brain for enabling sense of touch and control of movements, how the brain circuits are organized to enable tactile object identification, and how the network is affected by spinal cord injuries that disrupt the information flow. He is also working on developing Brain-Computer Interface devices to assist patients with paralysis. His work has been published in the leading scientific journals. 

Dr Jain is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience and Editor of Journal of Biosciences. Dr Jain is also keenly interested in improving science education at the school level.





Dr Narayanan Srinivasan

Professor and Head
Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS) University of Allahabad



Topic: Emotion Perception and Attention

Dr Narayanan Srinivasan is currently Professor and Head at the Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS), University of Allahabad. Dr. Srinivasan was a visiting scientist at the Riken Brain Science Institute from 2006-2012. He has a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science and PhD in Psychology from University of Georgia. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Louisville. He also worked at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for two years before joining one of the first centres for Cognitive Science in India. He has been working at CBCS for the past eleven years. He is interested in understanding mental processes especially attention, emotions, consciousness, self, and decision making using multiple methodologies. Dr. Srinivasan has edited six books and two special issues. He is currently editing a book and two special issues. He has more than hundred and twenty publications. Dr. Srinivasan is a fellow of Association for Psychological Science and Psychonomic Society. He was the Editor-in-chief of International Journal of Mind, Brain, and Cognition. He is currently an associate editor of Frontiers in Cognitive Science, Cognitive Processing, Royal Society Open Science, Neuroscience of Consciousness, and Psychological Studies and a member of the editorial board of Connection Science. He is also the Secretary-General of the National Academy of Psychology (India).

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