Vijayakumar Bhagavatula

Director, Carnegie Mellon University Africa,
U.A. & Helen Whitaker Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering





Prof. Vijayakumar “Kumar” Bhagavatula has served as a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at CMU since 1982. He is the Director of Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa) and the U.A. & Helen Whitaker Professor of ECE. Prior to joining CMU-Africa, Prof. Kumar has served as the Interim Vice Provost for Research, as well as an Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at CMU. Prof. Kumar's research interests include Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Coding and Signal Processing for Data Storage Systems. He has authored or co-authored over 600 technical papers, twenty book chapters, 12 patents and one book entitled Correlation Pattern Recognition.  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. He served as an Editor for Applied Optics and as an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. Information Forensics and Security. Prof. Kumar is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE), SPIE, Optical Society of America(OSA), the International Association of Pattern Recognition(IAPR), the American Association for Advancement of Science(AAAS) and the National Academy of Inventors(NAI).


B.Tech,Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur (India)
M.Tech,Electrical EngineeringIIT Kanpur (India)
PhD, Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Selected Publications

  • Xiaofeng Liu, Jane You and Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, “Normalized Face Generation with Perceptron Generative Adversarial Networks,” Identity, Security and Behavior Analysis (ISBA), Singapore, January 2018.
  • Jen-Hao Chang, Chun-Liang Chi, Barnabas Poczos, B.V.K. Vijaya Kumar and Aswin Sankaranarayanan, “One Network to Solve Them All — Solving Linear Inverse Problems using Deep Projection Models,” Intl. Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Venice, Italy, October 2017.
  • Andrew Fox, Fan Bai and B. V. K. Vijaya Kumar, “Multi-source variable-rate sampled signal reconstruction for vehicular CPS,” IEEE INFOCOM, San Francisco, CA, April 2016.
  • Jonathon M. Smereka, Andres Rodriguez and B. V. K. Vijaya Kumar, “Selecting Discriminative Regions for Periocular Verification,” IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security and Behavior Analysis, Sendai, Japan, March 2016.