(www.isical.ac.in/~sankar) is a Distinguished Scientist and former
Director of Indian Statistical Institute. He is currently a DAE Raja
Ramanna Fellow and J.C. Bose National Fellow. He founded the Machine
Intelligence Unit and the Center for Soft Computing Research: A
National Facility in the Institute in Calcutta. He received a Ph.D.
in Radio Physics and Electronics from the University of Calcutta in
1979, and another Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering along with DIC
from Imperial College, University of London in 1982. He joined his
Institute in 1975 as a CSIR Senior Research Fellow where he became a
Full Professor in 1987, Distinguished Scientist in 1998 and the
Director for the term 2005-2010.
He worked at the University of California, Berkeley and the
University of Maryland, College Park in 1986-87; the NASA Johnson
Space Center, Houston, Texas in 1990-92 & 1994; and in US Naval
Research Laboratory, Washington DC in 2004. Since 1997 he has been
serving as a Distinguished Visitor of IEEE Computer Society (USA)
for the Asia-Pacific Region, and held several visiting positions in
Italy, Poland, Hong Kong and Australian universities.
Prof. Pal is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and Fellow of the World
Academy of Sciences (TWAS), International Association for Pattern
recognition, International Association of Fuzzy Systems,
International Rough Set Society, and all the four National Academies
for Science/Engineering in India. He is a co-author of twenty books
and more than four hundred research publications in the areas of
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Image Processing, Data
Mining and Web Intelligence, Soft Computing, Neural Nets, Genetic
Algorithms, Fuzzy Sets, Rough Sets, Cognitive Machine and
Bioinformatics. He visited forty plus countries as a Keynote/
Invited speaker or an academic visitor.
He has received the 1990 S.S. Bhatnagar Prize (which is the most
coveted award for a scientist in India), 2013 Padma Shri (one of the
highest civilian awards) by the President of India and many
prestigious awards in India and abroad including the 1999 G.D. Birla
Award, 1998 Om Bhasin Award, 1993 Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, 2000
Khwarizmi International Award from the President of Iran, 2000-2001
FICCI Award, 1993 Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, 1993 NASA Tech
Brief Award (USA), 1994 IEEE Trans. Neural Networks Outstanding
Paper Award, 1995 NASA Patent Application Award (USA), 1997 IETE-R.L.
Wadhwa Gold Medal, 2001 INSA-S.H. Zaheer Medal, 2005-06 Indian
Science Congress-P.C. Mahalanobis Birth Centenary Gold Medal from
the Prime Minister of India for Lifetime Achievement, 2007 J.C. Bose
Fellowship of the Government of India, 2013 Indian National Academy
of Engineering (INAE) Chair Professorship, 2013 IETE Diamond Jubilee
Medal, 2014 IEEE Fellow Class Golden Jubilee Medal, 2015 INAE-S.N.
Mitra Award, and 2017 INSA-Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture
Prof. Pal is/ was an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. Pattern
Analysis and Machine Intelligence (2002-06), IEEE Trans. Neural
Networks [1994-98 & 2003-06], Neurocomputing (1995-2005), Pattern
Recognition Letters (1993-2011), Int. J. Pattern Recognition &
Artificial Intelligence, Applied Intelligence, Information Sciences,
Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Fundamenta Informaticae, LNCS Trans. Rough
Sets, Int. J. Computational Intelligence and Applications, IET Image
Processing, Ingenierķa y Ciencia, and J. Intelligent Information
Systems; Editor-in-Chief, Int. J. Signal Processing, Image
Processing and Pattern Recognition; a Book Series Editor, Frontiers
in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, IOS Press, and
Statistical Science and Interdisciplinary Research, World
Scientific; a Member, Executive Advisory Editorial Board, IEEE
Trans. Fuzzy Systems, Int. Journal on Image and Graphics, and Int.
Journal of Approximate Reasoning; and a Guest Editor of IEEE
Computer, IEEE SMC and Theoretical Computer Science.