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Software Engineering Researcher
Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  IEEE   |  SPIE -- International Society of Optical Engineering


Anup Pillai is a Software Engineering Researcher in the Medical Sieve Grand Challenge team at IBM Almaden Research Center. He has a Ph.D. and M.S in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Computer Vision and Image Processing, from University of Massachusetts. Before joining IBM, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dept. of Bioengineering, Clemson Universtiy. 

His key contributions to the team are as follows:

i) Developing an automated medical report filling cognitive system. This system will be the foundation for the exit of Medical Sieve Grand Challenge Project. The system will process information coming from the text and the imaging modules and automatically fill in a report template by using an underlying reasoning engine.

ii) System Development Lead for the “Eyes of Watson” cognitive system which was demoed at RSNA, 2016 at Chicago, IL. This demo was experienced by over 3000 people. This system had 4 different modules at the backend which had to be interfaced with the UI. It demonstrated Watson’s capability to reason with textual and imaging data and come with an evolving differential diagnosis. A video of this demo can be viewed at:

iii) Successfully developed a report generation model using BiLSTM. The generated report is virtually indistinguishable from a clinician report.

1) Selected as the “Outstanding Graduate Student of the Electrical Engineering Dept. for the year
2009-2010”, UMass.
2) Selected to attend the 2010 Summer School on Biometrics in Alghero, Italy on a full scholarship. Only 1% of the applicants were selected with full scholarship.
3) Recipient of two Manager Choice Awards at IBM Research in 2017.

For a complete list of his publications and patents, you can visit his Google Scholar page:

His ORCID profile is available for viewing here:-