Sharathchandra U. (Sharath) Pankanti  Sharathchandra U. (Sharath) Pankanti photo         

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Manager, Exploratory Computer Vision Group
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Professional Associations:  ACM  |  American Association for the Advancement of Sciences  |  Fellow, IEEE  |  IEEE   |  IEEE Computer Society  |  IEEE Signal Processing Society   |  New York Academy of Science  |  SPIE -- International Society of Optical Engineering

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Sharath Pankanti ( is Principal Research Staff Member in Cognitive Computing Department at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He received Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Michigan State University.   Sharath has led a number of safety, productivity, education, healthcare, and security focused projects involving biometrics, multi-sensor surveillance, rail-safety, driver assistance technologies that entail object/event modeling, detection and recognition from information provided by static and moving sensors/cameras. Results of many of these efforts have demonstrated competitive results in scientific evaluations (NIST TRECVID-2012, 2013 and 2014, ImageClef 2013) and been integrated into real world applications. His work contributed to world’s first large scale biometric civilian fingerprint identification system in Peru and to award1 winning IBM surveillance offering2that have been featured in news media (ABC3/Fox/CBS/NBC), mentioned in popular TV media (CSI:Miami[1]) and covered in social ([2]) media. He is a co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications (over 16,000 citations with h-index 46 Google Scholar) published in many reputed venues, including Scientific American, IEEE Computer, IEEE Spectrum, Comm. ACM, and Proc. IEEE. He is also co-inventor of more than 100 inventions which has generated significant IP revenue for IBM. His efforts have been recognized by IBM as significant accomplishments including Master Inventor (~1% of IBM employees are selected as master inventors) and Outstanding Accomplishment Awards. Dr. Pankanti co-edited the first comprehensive book on biometrics, “Biometrics: Personal Identification” Kluwer, 1999 and co-authored, “A Guide to Biometrics”, Springer 2004 which has been used in many biometrics curricula. He is Fellow of IEEE, IAPR, and SPIE. He has served the computer vision and pattern recognition community in various capacities over last two decades and most recently volunteered as part of IEEE Distinguished Visitor and ACM Distinguished Speaker programs. Here's his  CV