Professor Narendra Ajuja

Narendra Ahuja is Research Professor in Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Beckman Institute, and Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( and Founding Director of Information Technology Research Academy (, Government of India. He received B.E. with honors in electronics engineering from BITS, Pilani, India, M.E. with distinction in electrical communication engineering from IISc, Bangalore, India, and Ph.D. in computer science from University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He was Donald Biggar Willet Professor of Engineering at UIUC 1979-2012. During 1999-2002, he served as Founding Director of International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, first of now about 24 IIITs.

He has co-authored three books, 400 journal/conference papers, and four patents., and supervised research of about 50 PhD, 15 MS and 100 Undergrad students and 10 Postdocs. His algorithms/prototype systems have been used by about a dozen companies/organizations, including General Electric, Westinghouse, Lockheed and Honeywell. He is a fellow of IEEE, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, International Association for Pattern Recognition, Association for Computing Machinery, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and International Society for Optical Engineering. He received IEEE’s Emanuel R. Piore award, Technology Achievement Award of International Society for Optical Engineering, TA Stewart-Dyer/Frederick Harvey Trevithick Prize of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and an Honorary Doctorate from York University, England (2018). With his students, he shared Best Paper Awards given by: International Conference on Pattern Recognition (Piero Zamperoni Award), Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications, First IEEE International Workshop on Computer Vision in Sports, International Conference on Pattern Recognition, and IEEE Transaction on Multimedia.