Sudeep Sarkar

S. Sarkar

Professor and Department Chair

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Dr. Sudeep Sarkar is a professor and Department chair of Computer Science and Engineering and Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering, on a University Presidential Fellowship, from The Ohio State University. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1994, the USF Teaching Incentive Program Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence in 1997, the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1998, and the Theodore and Venette Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award in 2004. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR); and a charter member and member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He has 25 year expertise in computer vision and pattern recognition algorithms and systems, holds three (3) U.S. patents and has published high-impact journal and conference papers.

Research Interests

He has more than 25 years of experience conducting and directing fundamental and applied research in computer vision, image processing, and pattern recognition related topic. His research topics ranged from video image processing to biometrics and medical image analysis of burn scars. With series of funding from the National Science Foundation, he has made seminal algorithmic and theoretical contributions to the field computer vision, particularly in the problem of computing perceptual organization, sign language recognition, and more recently in event understanding using pattern theory.

With funding from DARPA HumanID at a Distance program, US Army and STS Intl., SOCOM (via USF-NSF I/UCRC Center), Unisys Corporation, CIA, and Raytheon Inc., he has made many seminal contributions to the field of biometrics, i.e. using physical and behavioral properties of humans to identify them. He is considered the world leader in gait biometrics and is frequently called upon to participate in world meetings regarding this topic. The benchmark developed by him is the defacto standard in the development of gait recognition algorithms.

Teaching Interests

Data structures/advanced data structures, computer vision, pattern recognition, image-based biometrics, probabilistic models, ethics in computing, image processing, medical imaging, and computational geometry. Also, over the past years, we have developed image-related knowledge units, assignments, and software that can be used for introducing image related tasks in undergraduate data structure and algorithms.


PhD in Electrical Engineering, Ohio State University (1993)
MS in Electrical Engineering, Ohio State University (1990)
BT in Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, India (1988)

Honors and Awards

Best Scientific Paper Award at International Conference on Pattern Recognition (2014)
Theodore and Venette Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award (2004)
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (1998)
USF Teaching Incentive Program Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (1997)
Charter member of the National Academy of Inventors,
National Science Foundation CAREER award (1995)
IEEE Fellow
APR Fellow
AAAS Fellow
AIMBE Fellow 

Key Activities

Dr. Sarkar currently leads 5 major grants as PI or Co-PI, totaling nearly $2 million, including the USF I-Corps Site, Collaborative Cybersecurity Research at State University System of Florida-Florida Center for Cybersecurity, i6 Challenge Grant Tampa Bay FirstWave Venture Center, and Ontology-based Perceptual Organization of Audio-Video Events using Pattern Theory.

He serves on the boards of nearly two dozen national and state boards and councils, as well as 28 program committees. He is co-editor-in-chief for Pattern Recognition Letters, and is associate editor or member of the editorial board of several other national scholarly journals.

As Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, he leads the Faculty External Honors, Prizes, and Awards process; assists the Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development, who reports to the University President; coordinates campus-wide interdisciplinary projects and national-level initiatives (such as the National Academy of Inventors); serves on the USF committees on STEM collaborative, Big-Data Curriculum, and university budget re-engineering, among others; and chairs the APLU Innovation and Prosperity Workshop.

He is also a prolific author, with more than 200 articles, books, and book chapters; with more than 7,400 citations and an h-index of 38 as of Dec 15, 2015.

About the University of South Florida
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