UMD professor wins IEEE Biometrics Council Leadership Award

September 8, 2016 - 

University of Maryland professor Rama Chellappa became the inaugural recipient of the IEEE Biometrics Council Leadership Award on September 6 in Buffalo, New York, at the IEEE Eighth International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems (BTAS 2016).

The award singles-out outstanding leadership from IEEE members who focus on biometrics, including voice, fingerprint, iris, face, handwriting, gait and other modalities, as well as multimodal biometrics and new biometrics based on novel sensing technologies.

Chellappa is the chair of electrical and computer engineering with an appointment in University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)

He specializes in signal and image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, multi-dimension stochastic processes, statistical interference, image analysis, robust and secure biometrics, and artificial intelligence in computer vision.

He has served as an associate editor of four IEEE Transactions, as a co-editor-in-chief of Graphical Models and Image Processing, and as the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.

Additionally, Chellappa served as a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors, as a distinguished lecturer, and as its vice president of awards and membership. He also served as the president of the IEEE Biometrics Council as well.

In a video clip, Chellappa discussed his work in computer vision, facial and gait recognition, and active authentication.

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