June 28, 2004
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula will become acting department head of ECE on July 1, when current head Pradeep K. Khosla, Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of ECE and Robotics, succeeds John L. Anderson as dean of the College of Engineering (CIT). Bhagavatula will direct ECE until a permanent head is chosen through a search process beginning in late August.
"I am confident he will do an excellent job given his vast experience and strong commitment to ECE and Carnegie Mellon," said Khosla.
Bhagavatula has been an ECE faculty member since 1982. He received his B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He was the Associate Department Head of ECE from 1994 to 1996, and has served on all committees within ECE, several committees at the university level, and as the chair of ECE's Graduate Studies Committee.
His research interests include automatic target recognition algorithms, biometric identification methods and coding and signal processing for data storage systems. At Carnegie Mellon, he leads research for coding and signal processing in the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) and biometrics in the CyLab. His publications include one book entitled "Correlation Pattern Recognition" (co-authored with Dr. Abhijit Mahalanobis and Dr. Richard Juday, being published by Cambridge University Press), seven book chapters and more than 330 technical papers in conference proceedings and journals.
Active in professional societies, Kumar served as a pattern recognition topical editor for the information processing division of "Applied Optics." He guest-edited the September 1990 special issue of "Optical Engineering" devoted to optical pattern recognition, the April 2001 issue of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) "IEEE Journal of Selected Areas of Communication (JSAC)" on signal processing for high-density storage channels and the January 2004 special issue of "IEEE Signal Processing" about iterative soft processing. Bhagavatula has also been on many conference program committees including the SPIE conference on Optical Pattern Recognition, the Optical Data Storage (ODS) conference, The Magnetic Recording Conference (TMRC), the International Symposium on Optical Memories (ISOM), and the Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM). He was a co-chair of the 2003 Optical Data Storage conference technical program committee and a co-general chair of the 2004 Optical Data Storage conference.
Bhagavatula is a senior member of the IEEE, a fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He is listed in various professional "Who's Who" directories including Marquis' "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" and "Who's Who in the World" and the "American Men and Women of Sciences." In 2003, Kumar received the Eta Kappa Nu Award for Excellence in Teaching from the ECE Department and the Carnegie Institute of Technology's Dowd Fellowship for his educational contributions.