Carnegie Mellon University

Vijayakumar Bhagavatula

Vijayakumar Bhagavatula

U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, DSSC
Director, CMU - Africa

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Vijayakumar (Kumar) Bhagavatula is the U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received a B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1975, an M.Tech. degree in electrical engineering, also from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1977, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. He joined the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1982. He has served as interim dean for the College of Engineering and as acting department head of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Ph.D., 1980 
Electrical Engineering 
Carnegie Mellon University

MTech, 1977 
Electrical Engineering 
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

BTech, 1975 
Electrical Engineering 
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur


Pattern Recognition for Biomerics

One way of matching live biometric signatures (e.g., face images, iris images) with stored templates is to correlate the two. Professor Kumar and his students are developing several spatial frequency-domain methods to perform these correlations in the presence of significant appearance variability (e.g., due to illumination changes, expression differences, etc.) in the biometric signatures. These correlation filters have performed very well in the recent Face Recognition Grand Challenge (FRGC) and Iris Challenge Evaluation (ICE) conducted by US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Coding & Signal Processing for Data Storage

As we attempt to increase the densities of data storage systems, bits and tracks come much closer, causing increased intersymbol interference and noise. Advanced coding and signal-processing methods are being developed to provide reliable (i.e., low bit error rate) detection of the digital data stored on various media. Professor Kumar's research considers timing recovery methods and the equalization and detection of data recorded on high-density magnetic tape recording systems, holographic data storage systems and optical storage systems. His group is also investigating the use of low density parity check (LDPC) codes for data storage systems.


  • Coding and signal processing for data storage
  • Biometrics
  • Pattern recognition
  • Computer vision
  • Data mining
  • Data storage systems
  • Machine learning

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CMU-Africa Director Vijayakumar Bhagavatula has been appointed to the Technical Program Committee of the Globecom 2019: The IEEE Global Communications Conference, as well as to the same committee of the CVPR 2019 Biometrics Workshop.
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Bhagavatula and Kim granted a patent

CMU-Africa Director Vijayakumar Bhagavatula and Yongjune Kim, a CMU graduate with a Ph.D. in ECE, were granted a United States patent.
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Researchers recognized for face image generation work

A team of ECE researchers received the Best Paper Award at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security, and Behavior Analysis (ISBA), held in Singapore.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bhagavatula announced as interim vice president for research

Beginning April 1, 2017, Bhagavatula, has agreed to serve as interim vice provost for research. Kumar will assume overall responsibility for research administration and policy at the university and will oversee the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance and the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bhagavatula named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Vijayakumar Bhagavatula of Carnegie Mellon University has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization announced Tuesday.
Monday, December 05, 2016

The College of Engineering announces AAAS Fellows

The Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently elected Vijayakumar Bhagavatula to the rank of AAAS Fellow.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

ECE faculty and students win best paper, will present at the ICC

ECE Professors Jim Bain and Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, along with ECE Ph.D. students Yongjune Kim and Abhishek Sharma, in collaboration with Western Digital Research, have received a Best Paper Award of the 2016 IEEE International Communications Conference (ICC).
Monday, March 21, 2016

Bhagavatula and former students receive Best Paper Award

ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula and his co-authors, former Ph.D. students Jonathon Smereka and Andres Rodriguez, has received the Best Paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security, and Behavior Analysis held in Sendai, Japan.