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Syntactical Pattern Recognition
Statistical Pattern Recognition
Adaptive Data Structures
Artificial Neural Networks
Data Retrieval and Storage
Overview of Publications and Research Interests
I currently have over 485 publications, which include book chapters, and refereed publications which have appeared (or will appear) as either journal or conference papers. They reflect the results that I have obtained in the various areas that I have worked in, and with those whom I have collaborated over the years.
To see the entire list of my publications, and the list of news items (in the corresponding media) where I have been featured, click here.
My research interests span the areas of Learning Systems, Data Retrieval and Storage, Statistical Pattern Recognition, Syntactical Pattern Recognition, Robotics, Adaptive Data Structures, Artificial Neural Networks, Query Optimization in Database Systems and Data Compression. Click on any of these for a catalogue of the results obtained in that area.
Recognition and Awards
I am a FELLOW of the IEEE as of January 2003 for contributions to "to automata learning and syntactic pattern recognition". Only a maximum of 0.1% of the voting membership of the IEEE is promoted to the Fellow rank annually. For a write up about this in the local newspaper please click here.
Further, I have been elevated to be a LIFE FELLOW of the IEEE as of January 2019. Please click here to see the formal letter confirming this, and here to see the actual certificate.
I am a FELLOW of the IAPR - the International Association of Pattern Recognition as of August 2006 for contributions to "fundamentals and applied problems in syntactic and statistical pattern recognition". A copy of the certificate is here. For a write up about this as a Carleton News Release please click here, here for a write-up from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and here for a letter of appreciation from the Premier of Ontario. This was also highlighted in a local newspaper, as seen here. From the IAPR records, it seems as if (prior to 2006) I am the first ever IAPR Fellow in Ottawa, the first ever in Ontario, and the fifth ever in all of Canada to receive this honour. Also, only a maximum of 0.25% of the membership of the IAPR is promoted to the Fellow rank biannually. A write-up about this in a Norwegian University web-site is found here.
In July 2006 Carleton University bestowed on me the honorary rank of Chancellor's Professor. This is a lifetime award bestowed by the University to a select set of senior professors who have excelled in research. The Carleton News Release is found here.
I have been awarded the Carleton University School of Computer Science Scholarly Achievement Award numerous times, and a Carleton University Research Achievement Award four times - in December 2015, December 2007, December 2001 and December 1995. For a write up about the latest awards in the Carleton media click here and here (for 2015), and here (for 2007).
My paper titled "Enhancing the Prediction of Lung Cancer Survival Rates using 2D Features from 3D Scans" (with Ms. Ghani) was awarded the Best Paper Award at the ICIAR'20, the 2020 International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition held in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, in June 2030. A copy of the certificate is here.
My paper titled "Scheduling Domestic Shiftable Loads in Smart Grids: A Learning Automata-Based Scheme" (with Mr. Thapa, Dr. Jiao and Dr. Yazidi) was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 2017 International Conference on Smart Grid Inspired Future Technologies held in London, England, in March 2017. A copy of the certificate is here.
My paper titled "Novel AI Strategies for Multi-Player Games at Intermediate Board States" (with Mr. Polk) was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 2015 International Conference on Industrial and Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems held in Seoul, Korea, in June 2015. A copy of the certificate is here.
My paper titled "Particle Field Optimization: A New Paradigm for Swarm Intelligence" (with Mr. Bell) was nominated for the Best Student Paper Award at the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2015.
My paper titled "Using the Theory of Regular Functions to Formally Prove the Epsilon-Optimality of Discretized Pursuit Learning Algorithms" (with Ms. Zhang, Dr. Granmo and Dr. Jiao) was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 2014 International Conference on Industrial and Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in June 2014. A copy of the certificate is here, and a picture of me being awarded with the certificate is here.
My paper titled "On Using Adaptive Binary Search Trees to Enhance Self Organizing Maps" (with Mr. Astudillo) was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 2009 Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2009. A copy of the certificate is here, and a picture of my student, Mr. Astudillo, and me with the award is here. The write up about this award was profiles in a Carleton news-site here.
My paper titled "A Hierarchy of Twofold Resource Allocation Automata Supporting Optimal Sampling" (with Dr. Granmo) was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 2009 International Conference on Industrial and Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems held in Tainan, Taiwan, in June 2009. A copy of the certificate is here, and a picture of my colleague, Dr. Granmo, and me with the award is here.
My paper titled "Modeling and Simulating a Disease Outbreak by Learning a Contagion Parameter-based Model" (with Dr. Calitoiu) was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 2008 International Conference on Health Sciences Simulation held in Ottawa, Canada, in April 2008. A copy of the certificate is here, and a picture of my student, Dr. Calitoiu, and me receiving the award is here. The Carleton News Releases are found here and here.
My paper titled "Self-adjusting of Ternary Search Tries using Conditional Rotations and Randomizing Heuristics" (with Dr. Badr) was cited as being Most Meritorious and was a winner of one of the Wilkes Best Paper Awards in 2006, by the journal The Computer Journal. The Computer Journal is the flagship journal of the British Computer Society.
My paper on "Stochastic Generalized Pursuit Learning Algorithms" (with Ms. Agache) was nominated for the Best Paper of the Year Award in 2003, by the journal IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics .
My paper on "Optimal and Information Theoretic Syntactic Pattern Recognition" (with Dr. Kashyap) was awarded the Honorable Mention of the Year Paper Award in 1998, by the journal Pattern Recognition . A copy of the certificate is here
I have supervised supervised 2 Postdoctoral Fellows and more than 60 graduate (Masters and Doctoral) students, and this includes the ones I am currently supervising. At least 9 of these students have won University or Senate medals for their outstanding research - as demonstrated by their theses.
I was the Electrical Engineering Gold Medal Winner for the year 1977, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, for being the best graduating student.
I was the Kaloori Medal Winner for the year 1974, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. I won the Siemens-India Medal for the year 1975, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, for being the best graduating student from the Department of Electrical Engineering.