CSL Professor Awarded Honorary Degree
Over the summer Coordinated Science Lab (CSL) Professor Narendra Ahuja was awarded the honorary Doctor of the University honoris causa by the University of York in the United Kingdom. According to the university, the research professor of electrical and computer engineering was bestowed with this award for making “outstanding contributions to society.”
Specific accomplishments highlighted by York included Ahuja’s role as the founding director of the Information Technology Research Academy in New Delhi and the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Hyderbad. The latter has now grown to more than 20 similar institutions in India.
The research conducted by Ahuja, also a member of Beckman Institute, has received four patents and resulted in more than 450 journal and conference papers as well as many other acknowledgements. It has been used across the electrical industry by companies such as General Electric, Westinghouse, Lockheed and Honeywell.
Currently, Ahuja’s research is focused on extraction and representation of spatial structure in images and video; integrated use of multiple image-based sources for scene representation and recognition; computational cameras; and applications of computer vision to visual communication, image manipulation, and information retrieval, with focus on developing societies.
Throughout his time at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he has supervised the research of more than 120 students and postdocs, including more than 50 doctoral candidates.
Congratulations Professor Ahuja and thanks for your contributions here at CSL and around the world!