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About the Interim Vice Provost

About the Interim Vice Provost

Vijayakumar Bhagavatula photoVijayakumar (Kumar) Bhagavatula is the U. A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College Engineering, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1982. He served as the Associate Department Head of the ECE Department from 1994 to 1996, as the Acting Head of the ECE Department during 2004-2005 and as the Acting Dean for the College of Engineering from August to December of 2012. More recently, he was the Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs of the College of Engineering until March 2017. 

As of April 1, 2017, Bhagavatula has assumed overall responsibility for research administration and policy at the university and will oversee the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance and the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation. Gary Fedder has temporarily stepped away from his role as vice provost for research in order to act as interim CEO and executive director of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. 

Bhagavatula's research interests include Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Algorithms and Applications and Coding and Signal Processing for Data Storage Systems. His publications include the book entitled Correlation Pattern Recognition (co-authored with Dr. Abhijit Mahalanobis and Dr. Richard Juday, Cambridge University Press, November 2005), twenty-two book chapters, more than 400 conference papers and 200 journal papers. He is also a co-inventor of 12 patents. He served as a Pattern Recognition Topical Editor for the Information Processing division of Applied Optics and as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. Bhagavatula has served on many conference program committees and was a co-general chair of the 2005 IEEE AutoID Workshop, a co-chair of the 2008-2010 SPIE conferences on Biometric Technology for Human Identification and a co-program chair of the 2012 IEEE Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS) conference.

A Fellow of IEEE, SPIE, OSA, the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) and AAAS, Bhagavatula received the 2003 Eta Kappa Nu award for Excellence in Teaching in the ECE Department and the Carnegie Institute of Technology’s Dowd Fellowship for educational contributions. He was also a co-recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Research Award in the College of Engineering.


Ph.D., 1980, Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University 

MTech, 1977, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 

BTech, 1975, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur