Distinguished Lecture Series 2017/18 – Prof. Rama ChellappaProf. Rama Chellappa from University of Maryland, USA visited the Department and delivered a Distinguished Lecture on “Deep Representations, Adversarial Learning and Domain Adaptation for Some Computer Vision Problems” on 6 July 2018. In the lecture, Prof. Chellappa discussed methods based on deep representations for designing robust computer vision systems with applications in unconstrained face and action verification and recognition, expression recognition, subject clustering and attribute extraction. He then further presented some new results on generative adversarial learning and domain adaptation for improving the robustness of computer vision systems. The lecture was full of constructive interaction and well received.
Prof. Rama Chellappa is a Distinguished University Professor, a Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and Chair of the ECE department at the University of Maryland. His current research interests span many areas in image processing, computer vision, machine learning and pattern recognition. Prof. Chellappa is a recipient of an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and four IBM Faculty Development Awards. He received 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 received 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 Editor-in-Chief of PAMI. 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.