Bio-graphical Sketch of Prof

Bio-graphical Sketch of Prof. B. B. Chaudhuri

Professor Bidyut Baran Chaudhuri is the Head of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit of Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta and a distinguished J. C. Bose Fellow(2010-). Professor Chaudhuri received his B.Sc (Hons), B. Tech and M. Tech degrees from Calcutta University, India in 1969, 1972 and 1974, respectively and Ph.D. Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1980. He did his Post-Doc work during 1981-82 from Queen's University, U.K. He also worked as a visiting faculty at Tech University, Hannover during 1986-87 as well as at GSF institute of Radiation Protection (now Leibnitz institute) , Munich in 1990 and 1992.

In 1978 Professor Chaudhuri joined Indian Statistical Institute as a faculty member and served as the Project Co-ordinator and Head of National Nodal Centre for Knowledge Based Computing till 1994. He is the founding head of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit of the Institute, which was established in 1994. His teaching experience includes taking various masters degree courses, guiding several Master degree and 13 Ph.D. dissertations in the areas of Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Density estimation, Clustering, Data Compression, Fuzzy set applications, Texture analysis, Remote Sensing, Fractal Geometry, Optical Character Recognition, Speech analysis, ECG analysis, Natural Language Processing, Information Extraction.

His principal research contributions are Optical Character Recognition (OCR) of Indian scripts (Devnagari, Bangla, Assamese and Oriya), design of Indian language workstation for the blind: Bharati Braille System, natural language processing in Indian languages including electronic dictionaries, word-processing editor, morphological processor and spell-checker design, Pattern recognition and image processing, Image data compression, Optical communication and diclectric waveguides. Prof. Chaudhuri has published about 350 research papers in various international journals and conference proceedings in the area of his research interest. He is the author of five books named Two tone Image Processing and Recognition (Wiley Eastern/New Age International New-Delhi, 1993), Object Oriented Programming: Fundamentals and applications (Prentice Hall, New Delhi, 1997), Computer and Information technology Dictionary (Ananda Publishers, 2002), Digital Document Processing (Springer Verlag, 2007) and Sound Symbolic Words in Bangla (Bangla Academy, 2010).

Prof. Chaudhuri is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Document Analysis and Recognition (IJDAR), Int. Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (IJPRAI), Int. Journal of Computer Vision as well as VIVEK. He also served as Guest Editor of several journals.

He has executed and supervised a number of externally funded projects namely, Development of pattern recognition and shape analysis techniques from Satellite imagery (A DRDO/DEAL Govt. of India sponsored project - completed); Biomedical Image Processing for the detection of cervical and prostate cancer (supported by International Bureau, Germany); Data compression and Linear structure detection from Satellite imagery; Development of computer based reading system for the blind (A project partly supported by Homi Bhabha fellowship council) Bilingual (Bangla & Devnagari) OCR System Development (A project supported by Dept. of Science & Technology (DST) Govt. of India) Development of spell-checker and morphological parser in Indian languages with speech output for the blind (A project supported by Dept. of Electronics (DOE) Govt. of India) and Resource Center (Bangla) on technology development of Indian languages (TDIL), a project supported by Department of Communication and Information Technology, Govt. of India. He also acted as principal investigator in several International collaboration like Indo-EU collaboration on language localization, Indo-German collaboration on Biomedical Processing and Indo-French collaboration on Postal Automation.

Prof. Chaudhuri received several prizes/awards including Leverhulme overseas Fellow Award - 1981 by Leverhulme Trust, U.K; Sir J.C Bose Memorial Award - 1986 for best Eng. Sc. oriented paper published in JIETE; M.N Saha Memorial Award - 1989 and 1991 (twice) for the best Engineering Science oriented paper and best Applications oriented paper published in Journal IETE; Homi Bhabha Fellowship Award - 1992 for the development of computer work station for the visually handicapped; Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award -1995 for outstanding contribution in Informatics and Telematics;C.Achuta Menon Prize - 1996 for best paper on computational linguistics, University grants commission (UGC) Homi Bhaba Award - 2003, Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship Award 2004, Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal 2005 from IETE for outstanding contribution in Electronics and Telecom Engineering during the last ten years and J C Bose Fellowship for contribution in the field of Indian language and Script processing.

He is a fellow of IEEE, International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) Indian National Sciences Academy (INSA), National Academy of Sciences (NASc), Indian National Academy of Engineering(INAE), Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (IETE), West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology, Optical Society of India, Society of Machine Aids for Translation etc.