RC65 is in honor of Rama's 65th birthday and his academic contributions. Over his academic career, Rama has trained and collabored with many generations of researchers in computer vision, image and signal processing, machine learning, and biometrics. The technical workshop is a once-in-a-lifetime event that brings together many of his mentors, collaborators, and students to celebrate and toast Rama.


Some photos of Rama and Group over the years

Prof. Rama Chellappa is a Distinguished University Professor, a Minta Martin Professor in Engineering and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

He received the B.E. (Hons.) degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Madras, India and the M.E. (with Distinction) degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. At UMD, he is an affiliate Professor of Computer Science Department, Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing Program, member of the Center for Automation Research and a Permanent Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. His current research interests span many areas in image processing, computer vision and machine learning.

Prof. Chellappa is a recipient of an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and four IBM Faculty Development Awards. He received two paper awards and 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 has received numerous 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 EIC of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, as the Co-EIC of Graphical Models and Image Processing, as the Associate Editor of four IEEE Transactions, as a Co-Guest Editor of many special issues, and is currently on the Editorial Board of SIAM Jl. of Imaging Science and Image and Vision Computing. He has also served as the General and Technical Program Chair/Co-Chair for several IEEE international and national conferences and workshops. 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.


Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, Room 0224,
University of Maryland, College Park campus
Address: Campus Dr, College Park, MD 20740


Sunday, June 03
6.30-9.30pm Reception at the The Hotel at University of Maryland
Top of the 7's room
Monday, June 04
St. Edward Learning Center
8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:50am B. S. Manjunath, Introduction and Welcome Remarks
9:00 - 9.20am Session 1 (5 min per talk) (Chair: B. S. Manjunath)
Joseph JaJa, UMD
Ming Lin, Chair of CS, UMD
Mihai Pop, Director of UMIACS, UMD
Amitabh Varshney, Dean of CMNS, UMD
9:20 - 10.35am Session 2 (15 min per talk) (Chair: B. S. Manjunath)
Al Bovik, UT Austin - Peculiarities of a Picture Quality Predictor
Shih-Fu Chang, Columbia - Hashing and Efficient Logarithmic Image Search
Larry Davis, UMD - Virtual Try-On
Rene Vidal, JHU - Subspaces, Manifolds and Actions
Song-Chun Zhu, UCLA - Building  a Telescope to Look Into High-Dimensional Image Spaces
10.35 - 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00pm Session 3 (15 min per talk) (Chair: Amit Roy-Chowdhury)
Venu Govindaraju, Univ of Buffalo - ​Handwriting Recognition: Two Decades of Innovations
Gang Hua, MSR - Controlled Positives from Adversarial Training
Ray Liu, UMD - Smart Radios for Smart Life
Anuj Srivastava, FSU - Trishul (Trident): Geometry, Statistics, and Computing
12:00 - 1:15pm Lunch
Afternoon Session
1:15 - 2:30pm Session 4 (15 min per talk) (Chair: Kevin Zhou)
Hamid Krim, NC State - Learning Structure Vs Scale
Jonathon Phillips, NIST - Face Recognition Accuracy of Forensic Examiners, Superrecognizers, and Algorithms
Nalini Ratha, IBM - Blockchain meets Computer Vision
Badri Roysam, Univ. of Houston - Bio-image Analysis: Contributing to Concussion and Cancer Therapy Development
Mubarak Shah, UCF - (Rapidly) Changing Shape of Computer Vision
2.30 - 3:00pm Coffee Break
3:00 - 4:30pm Session 5 (15 min per talk) (Chair: Vishal Patel)
Behtash Babadi, UMD - Robust Identification of Neuronal Functional Network Dynamics Underlying Behavior
Ramani Duraiswami, UMD - Personalizing Spatial Audio
David Jacobs, UMD - Shape-from-Shading for Faces
Min Wu, UMD - Seeing the Invisibles
Dinesh Manocha, UMD
Mel Gomez, UMD - Graduate students are in my head, undergraduate students are in my heart
4.30 - 4:45pm Remarks by Rama Chellappa
4.45 - 5:00pm Vote of Thanks by Ashok Veeraraghavan, Rice