Carnegie Mellon University

Vijayakumar Bhagavatula

Vijayakumar Bhagavatula

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Dean of Graduate and Faculty Affairs, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Since 1982, Vijayakumar Bhagavatula has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Carnegie Mellon where he is now a Professor and the Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs for the College of Engineering.

Professor Kumar 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 during August - December of 2012.

He is also a co-inventor of 8 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. Professor Kumar 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. Professor Kumar is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of SPIE, a Fellow of OSA and a Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR). In 2003, Prof. Kumar received the Eta Kappa Nu award for Excellence in Teaching in the ECE Department at CMU and the Carnegie Institute of Technology's Dowd Fellowship for educational contributions and he was a co-recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Research Award in CMU's College of Engineering.


Vijayakumar Bhagavatula received his B.Tech., and M.Tech., degrees in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. 


Professor Kumar'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 book chapters, 380 conference papers and 180 journal papers.