Dr. Umapada Pal

IAPR Fellow

Professor and Former Head
Computer Vision And Pattern Recognition Unit
Indian Statistical Institute

Umapada Pal received his Ph.D. in 1997 from Indian Statistical Institute. He did his Post Doctoral research at INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique), France. From January 1997, he is a Faculty member of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and at present he is Professor of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit. He was former Head of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit. His fields of research interest is different pattern recognition problems like Digital Document Processing, Optical Character Recognition, Camera/video text processing, Biometrics, Document Retrieval, keyword spotting, video analysis, Pose estimation, etc. He has published 435 research papers in various international journals, conference proceedings and edited volumes. Because of his significant impact in the Document Analysis research, in 2003 he received ICDAR Outstanding Young Researcher Award from International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). In 2005-2006 Dr. Pal has received JSPS fellowship from Japan government. In 2008, 2011 and 2012, Dr. Pal received Visiting fellowship from Spain, France and Australia government, respectively. Dr. Pal has been serving as General/Program/Organizing Chair of many conferences including International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR), International Conference on Frontiers of Handwritten Recognition (ICFHR), International Workshop on Document Analysis and Systems (DAS), Asian Conference on Pattern recognition (ACPR) etc. Also he has served as a program committee member of more than 50 international events. He has many international research collaborations and supervising Ph.D. students of many foreign universities.

At present he is serving as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature Computer Science journal. Also, he has been serving currently as Associate Editor of several journals like Pattern Recognition (Elsevier), Pattern Recognition Letters (Elsevier), ACM Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing (ACM TALLIP), International Journal of Document Analysis and Recognition (Springer), IET Biometrics and IJPRAI. Also, he has served as a guest editor of several special issues. He is a Fellow of IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition). Also, he is among the top two percent scientists in the world as listed by the Stanford University in 2020.

Research Interests

  1. Pattern Recognition
  2. Document Image Analysis.
  3. Handwritten Document Recognition.
  4. Multi-script OCR System Developement for Indian Languages.
  5. Video Document Analysis.
  6. Word Spotting.
  7. Biometrics.
  8. Signature verification.