Dr. Ravishankar Rao is a Research Staff Member with the Biometaphorical Computing group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. His research interests include computational neuroscience, brain science, computational biology, machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, image processing, machine vision, practical applications of imaging science and technology, human perception and visualization. He is an associate editor of the journals Pattern Recognition and Machine Vision and Applications.
He was a vice-chair of the IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 2009-2010. He was selected by the National Academy of Science to participate in the Keck Futures Initiative to investigate the topic “The informed brain in a digital world”, in 2012, and "The Future of Imaging Science" in 2010. He is the founding chair of the New York Chapter of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He founded the Cortical Networks Working Group with support from the National Institute for Biological and Mathematical Synthesis in 2009. He chaired the SPIE Conference on Machine Vision and Applications from 1996-2002. He served as the Tutorials Chair for the IS and T PICS Conference from 1999-2001.
He received his B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) in 1984, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1986 and 1989 respectively. His work has resulted in twenty four patents and over forty publications. He published a book entitled ``A Taxonomy for Texture Description and Identification,'' published by Springer Verlag, 1990. He co-edited the books "High throughput image reconstruction and analysis", published by Artech House in 2009, and "The Relevance of the Time Domain in Neural Network Models", published by Springer Verlag in 2011. He is a co-editor of the Frontiers in Neural Circuits Special Topics Issue entitled "Towards an integrated approach to measurement, analysis and modeling of cortical networks", due in 2013. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
He was named a Master Inventor at IBM Research in 2004, in recognition of his sustained invention activity resulting in valuable patents within IBM's portfolio.
He is also an accomplished Indian classical musician, and has given sitar performances at leading concert venues in the New York City area.