Dr. R. Balasubramanian

BOYSCAST Fellow

Balasubramanian Raman
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Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
iHUB Divyasampark Chair Professor
Joint Faculty, Mehta Family School of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Roorkee 247667, INDIA
e-mail: bala[AT]cs[DOT]iitr[DOT]ac[DOT]in, balaiitr[AT]ieee[DOT]org

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Research:
My research focuses on computer vision, graphics, and image processing. For further information, please visit my Publications Page.

My research encompasses areas in computer vision such as optical flow and video analytics, fractional transform theory, wavelet analysis, multimedia security, and encrypted domain processing of big multimedia data in the cloud. I also delve into medical imaging, hyperspectral imaging, EEG-based pattern analysis, machine learning, pattern recognition, and deep learning. In the past, I have explored biometrics, content-based video retrieval, video skimming and summarization, long-range imaging, multilingual text recognition, visualization, and volume graphics. My recent papers can also be found on my Publications Page.

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Mathematics and Music: The belief that music strengthens mathematical skills, due to its inherent mathematical principles, inspires me. Indeed, I can classify Tamil songs in Keeravani Raagam faster than any deep learning algorithm! Here are some of my favorite Keeravani Raagam songs, beautifully crafted by artists like Ilayaraja.

My Travels: I have had the amazing opportunity to travel to 18 countries for research and other academic work. My experiences span continents, from researching in China (2017, 2018) to attending conferences in Canada (2007, 2009) and exploring the rich history of Italy (2000, 2001, 2019). My exploration of Asia includes Bangladesh (2022) and Japan (2018, 2019 twice), while Southeast Asia has been enriched by visits to Malaysia (2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Singapore (multiple trips between 2013-2016 and 2023), Hong Kong (2017) and Thailand (2019). My travels have even taken me across the Pacific to Australia (2023) and New Zealand (2019). Closer to home, I've been fortunate to explore England, UK (2019), Wales, UK (2019), France (twice in 2019), Portugal (2019), Austria (2006) and Germany (2006) round out my European experiences. My travels within the US have been extensive, with visits spanning from 2001-2014, including multiple trips to California. In my home country of India, I've been fortunate to visit nearly all the states, with only a few exceptions.


Bio-Sketch

Balasubramanian Raman Balasubramanian Raman has been a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee since December 2018. Since June 2021, he has been a Joint Faculty in the Mehta Family School of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at IIT Roorkee. In addition, he has held the iHUB Divyasampark Chair Professor at the Technology Innovation Hub, a joint initiative of the DST, Government of India, and IIT Roorkee, since May 2022. Previously, he served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from September 2013 to December 2018. Before that, he was with the Department of Mathematics at IIT Roorkee from September 2004 to September 2013, where he served as an Associate Professor and Head of the Computer Vision, Graphics, and Image Processing Laboratory. Currently, he is a Guest Professor/Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Document Analysis Knowledge Science (IDAKS) at Osaka Metropolitan University (Formerly Osaka Prefecture University), Osaka, Japan, a position he has held from February 2020 and will continue to hold until March 2024. He was a Visiting Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia during December 2023. He was a Visiting Research Professor at the Centre for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Cyberjaya, Malaysia from January 2020 to January 2021. He has also served as a Visiting Professor and a member of the Computer Vision and Sensing Systems Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Windsor, Canada, during May-August 2009. He began his teaching career as a Lecturer of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 2003-04. He was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and a member of the Visualization Research Laboratory (VIZ Lab), at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA, from July 2002 to April 2003. He was also a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science (now the Department of Computer Science, CS) and a member of the Computational Intelligence Research Laboratory (CIRL) at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) in Missouri, USA, from October 2001 to June 2002. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Madras in 1994 and 1996, respectively.

Over the years, he has held visiting positions in various institutions such as the Department of Computer Science, School of Computing, the SeSaMe Research Centre and N-CRiPT at the National University of Singapore, Singapore; the School of Computer Sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia; the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at Multimedia University, Cyberjaya Campus, Malaysia; and the Department of Computer Science at University at Albany - State University of New York (SUNY), NY, USA. He was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems, Osaka Metropolitan University (Formerly Osaka Prefecture University), Osaka, Japan, under the Japan Science and Technology Sakura Science Plan during June 2018 and December 2019. His other visiting researcher roles were at the Department of Natural Sciences, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan in June 2018; iCeMS, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan in June 2019; the Department of Informatics, University of Milan, Milan, Italy in July 2019; and the Department of Image, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes, Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Rennes (INSA), Rennes, France in June-July 2019. He was a Guest Scientist at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy during September 2000 and September 2001.

Under his coaching, the team "the 65th Bit", comprised of Sharat Ibrahimpur, Dipit Grover, and Tarun Goyal from IIT Roorkee, achieved 60th place in the 37th Annual World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest held in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2013. The team "Triangulation", comprised of Vaibhav Gosain, Adarsh Kumar, and Saharsh Luthra achieved 56th position in the 42nd Annual World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest held in Peking University, Beijing, China between 15-20 April 2018. The team, "Hold right there Sparky!!", consisting of Devanshu Agarwal, Samarth Joshi, Abhishek Kanhar achieved 41st place in the 43rd World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest held at Porto, Portugal between 31st March - 5th April 2019. The team "Laila", consisting of Rahul Dugar, Aniket Goyal, and Piyush Sethia achieved 62nd rank in the 44th World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest held in Moscow, Russia between 01-06 October 2021. The team "Area 151", consisting of Rahul Dugar, Piyush Sethia, and Harsh Bhartiya achieved 60th rank in the 45th World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest held in Dhaka, Bangladesh during 06-11, November 2022. The team "Kaala Khatta", consisting of Dinesh Goyal, Yatin Khanna, and Ajit Pant entered into 46th World Finals 2022, scheduled to be held from 14th to 19th April 2024 in Egypt.

So far he has published over 180 International Journal articles, 150 Conference Proceedings (including Interspeech, ICTAI, IEEE-Cloud, CVPR-w, ICCV-w, ICPR, ACPR, WACV, IJCNN, ICIP and ICVGIP), 10 Edited Books and a Technical report. His areas of research include Computer Vision: Optical Flow Problems, Fractional Transform Theory, Wavelet Analysis, Image and Video Processing, Multimedia Security: Digital Watermarking and Encryption Techniques, Biometrics, Content Based Image & Video Retrieval, Hyperspectral & Microwave Imaging, Visualization and Volume Graphics. He is a reviewer of ICVGIP, IJCNN, Pattern Recognition Letters, International Journal of Computer Mathematics, Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security, IEEE-T-IP, IEEE-T-PAMI and Pattern Recognition. Throughout his career, he has guided 30 Ph.D. students, 52 M.Tech dissertations, and 36 B.Tech projects. He is currently advising 13 Ph.D. students.

He is the recipient of the BOYSCAST Fellowship, awarded by the DST in India. He received the "Outstanding Teacher Award" in 2010 and 2020, both awarded by IIT Roorkee on Teacher's Day. He was also awarded the Chair Professor Fellowship by iHUB Divyasampark, a joint initiative of the DST and IIT Roorkee. In 2022, he received the "Ramkumar Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Research" on Teacher's Day. He was also awarded the ICPC Coach Award 2022 at Dhaka, BANGLADESH for bringing teams to the World Finals five or more times. He is a member of the Sakura Science Club in Japan, a senior member of the IEEE Society, and he served in the IEEE Uttarakhand Sub-section executive committee as joint secretary from July 2011 to March 2013 and later as secretary from April 2013 to January 2018.

THESIS SUPERVISED

Degree Thesis Supervised
Ph.D. 30 completed; 13 ongoing
M.Tech 52 completed; 05 ongoing
B.Tech 36 completed; 03 ongoing

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Representative Publications

Category Published/Accepted Under Review/Revision
Refereed Journal Papers 154 010
Refereed Conference Papers 075 006
Books Edited 010 000
Patents Granted 001 000
Total 240 016

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Projects

Sponsored Research Projects
S.No. Title of the Project Sponsoring Agency Grant Sanctioned Investigator Status
1 Nearest Neighbor Vector based Palmprint Verification IIT Roorkee, Scheme A 1.0 lac Principal Investigator Completed (2006-07)
2 Reconstruction of 3D Curves and Surfaces from Arbitrary Perspective Views MHRD, IIT Roorkee, Scheme B 3.14 lacs Principal Investigator Completed (2007-10)
3 Face Recognition: A Neural Network Approach DST, New Delhi 2.88 lacs Principal Investigator Completed (2007-10)
4 Reconstruction of 3D objects from Stereo space Imagery for Development of City Models ISRO, SAC Ahmedabad 11.5 lacs Co-PI, PI: Prof. Rama Bhargava Completed (Apr 2007 to August 2010)
5 Digital Watermarking for Rightful Ownership & Copyright Protection CSIR, New Delhi 10.92 lacs Principal Investigator Completed (2011-14)
6 3D Reconstruction and Software Development for City Model Generation from Satellite Images ISRO, SAC Ahmedabad 7.73 lacs Principal Investigator Completed (2012-15)
7 Multimodal Biometric based person Authentication and Identification System DST, New Delhi 23.52667 lacs Mentor, PI: Dr. Asha Rani (under WOS-A) Completed (2014-17)
8 Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) Project phase II MeitY, New Delhi 88.66431 lacs Co-PI, PI: Prof. Manoj Misra (Former Head, CSE) Completed (2014-24)
9 Development and Real-time Implementation of Filters to Remove Noise and Blur Effect Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun 18.50 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. B. K. Kaushik Completed (2016-18)
10 Multi-oriented Indic Text Recognition in Natural Scene and Video Images Science & Engineering Research Board, New Delhi 17.8871 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. Partha Pratim Roy Completed (2016-20)
11 NVIDIA Hardware Grant, Titan X {non-Pascal} GPU NVIDIA Corporation 1.5 lacs Principal Investigator Completed (2016-17)
12 Thermal Imager with Calibrator for Bad Weather and Night Vision SMILE, IIT Roorkee 43 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. B. K. Kaushik Completed (2017-18)
13 End-to-End Emotional Speech Synthesis Phase 1 Samsung 24.204 lacs (including Instruments) Principal Investigator Completed (2018-19)
14 Brain Computer Interface for Neuro and Cognitive Research SMILE, IIT Roorkee 75 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. Partha Pratim Roy Completed (2018-19)
15 Urban and Regional Inequality Modelling as Story-Telling: Using Simulation Models as Narrative SPARC, A Government of India Initiative 94.46 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr.Arindam Biswas and Prof. Tetsuo Kidokoro (Japan) Completed (2019-21)
16 End-to-End Emotional Speech Synthesis Phase 2 Samsung 10.62 lacs Principal Investigator Completed (2019-20)
17 Automated Cognitive Metrics Classification Framework to Improve Human Machine Collaboration DRDO, Delhi 48.83 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. Partha Pratim Roy Completed (2020-23)
18 Hardware Implementation of Artificial Intelligence based Object and Motion Detection Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun 9.65 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. B. K. Kaushik Completed (2021-23)
19 Development of Al powered Multipurpose Intelligent Security and Surveillance System DST-TIH 100 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. B. K. Kaushik Ongoing (2021-24)
20 Landslide monitoring, forecasting and mitigation system ISRO, SAC Ahmedabad 14.1096 lacs Principal Investigator Ongoing (2022-24)
21 Geometric Deep Learning National Board of Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy 10.24 lacs Mentor, PI: Dr. Pradeep Singh Completed (2022-24)
22 Varietal Classification of Seeds using Deep Learning and NIR Hyperspectral Imaging Technique SERB MATRICS, New Delhi 6.6 lacs Principal Investigator Ongoing (2022-25)
23 Design of a Localized Network Model for Image Denoising and Prediction Using Learning Approaches SERB TARE, New Delhi 18.3 lacs Mentor, PI: Dr. M. Saravanan Ongoing (2024-27)
24 Towards Elastic Equivariance: Equivariant Learning in Elastically Transformed Spaces SERB-NPDF, New Delhi 27.12 lacs Mentor, PI: Dr. Pradeep Singh Ongoing (2024-26)



Consultancy Projects
S.No. Title of the Project Sponsoring Agency Grant Sanctioned Investigator Status
1 Development of Feature Reduction and Classification Algorithms for Hyperspectral Data Processing Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun 9.3755 lacs Principal Investigator Completed (Nov 2010 to Mar 2012)
2 Anomaly Detection and Sub-pixel Classification Algorithms for Hyperspectral Imaging Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun 19.854 lacs Investigator, PI: Prof. Manoj Arora Completed (Nov 2010 to Mar 2012)
3 Study of Heat Shimmer Removal Techniques for Long Range Imaging Systems Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun 8.98 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. B. K. Kaushik Completed (2013-15)
4 Investigating and Analyzing the Program and Course Structure with respect to its Conformance with the International Standards and Research & Industry needs Govt. of Yemen US $8423.00 Investigator, PI: Dr. Sandeep Kumar Garg Completed (2014-15)
5 Development of Restoration Techniques for Weather Degraded Images Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun 9.70 lacs Co-PI, PI: Dr. B. K. Kaushik Completed (2015-17)
6 AI-Driven Trading Platform SmartAlpha Pvt. Limited, Hyderabad 27 lacs Principal Investigator Ongoing (Dec 2022 to Dec 2023)

Courses (Currently Teaching and Previously Taught)

COURSE INFORMATION (Currently Teaching in Spring 2023-24): Previously Taught:

Honors / Awards

[24] 2023 - Best Paper Award for a research paper in "International Conference on Agriculture-Centric Computation 2023 (ICA 23)," IIT Ropar, INDIA.
[23] 2022 - Sanchit Verma, my B.Tech student, received the prestigious Best Project Award for his project titled "Rationalising Skin Disease Classification across Different Skin Tones" among the graduating students of Biotechnology at the 22nd Convocation held at IIT Roorkee, INDIA.
[22] 2022 - ICPC Coach Award (five or more years bringing teams to the World Finals), 45th International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), 06-11, November, 2022, Dhaka, BANGLADESH. (award facilitation)
[21] 2022 - Ramkumar Prize for outstanding Teaching and Research, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee. (award facilitation)
[20] 2022-24 - Chair Professor Fellowship, iHUB Divyasampark, Technology Innovation Hub (A joint initiative of DST, Govt. of India and IIT Roorkee).
[19] 2021 - One of the reviewers of Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships for Indian citizens for academics, teachers and professionals to teach or conduct research in the U.S. in the field of Computer Science, September 2021.
[18] 2020 - Best Paper Award for a research paper in "5th International Conference on Computer Vision and Image Processing (CVIP 2020)," Allahabad, INDIA.
[17] 2020 - Outstanding Teacher Award, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee.
[16] 2020 - One of the Board of Advisors for a Start-up Sequoia Insilico Private Ltd (SIPL), New Delhi from April 2020.
[15] 2020 - Associate Editor , Springer Nature Computer Science Journal, from April 2020.
[14] 2019 - Member, Sakura Science Club, JAPAN (ID: 19105514).
[13] 2019 - Guest Editor, IEEE Internet of Things Journal.
[12] 2019 - Guest Editor, Future Generation Computer Systems (Elsevier).
[11] 2018 - Top 15 Contenders of Outstanding Teacher Award for Under Graduate Category, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee.
[10] 2018 - Young Scientist Award for my co-author and Ph.D. student Anjali Gautam for our research paper in Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress 2017-2018, Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology, Dehradun, INDIA.
[9] 2018 - Young Scientist Award for my co-author and Ph.D. student Rahul Nijhawan for our research paper in Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress 2017-2018, Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology, Dehradun, INDIA.
[8] 2015 - Best Paper Award for a research paper in "IEEE International Conference on Signal and Image Processing Applications (ICSIPA 2015)," Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.
[7] 2015 - Young Scientist Award for my co-author and Ph.D. student Tasneem Ahmed for our research paper in Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress 2014-2015, Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology, Dehradun, INDIA.
[6] 2012 - Best Paper Award for a research paper in "All India Seminar on Applications of Imaging, Visualization and Optimization Technologies," Dehradun, INDIA.
[5] 2010 - Outstanding Teacher Award, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee.
[4] 2008-09 - BOYSCAST Fellowship, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
[3] 2008 - Best Paper Award for a research paper in the "Second International Conference on Cognition and Recognition," Mysore, INDIA.
[2] 1996 - Gold Medalist in M.Sc. Mathematics, Madras Christian College, Chennai.
[1] 1994 - 1st Rank in B.Sc. Mathematics, A.M. Jain College, Chennai.


Contact

Office:
Dr. Balasubramanian Raman
Room No. S-227, South Wing, ECE Building
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Roorkee 247 667

Phone: +91-1332-285852 (O)
e-mail: bala[AT]cs[DOT]iitr[DOT]ac[DOT]in, balaiitr[AT]ieee[DOT]org


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