Inadvertently and with much regret, Pabrita Mitra and Sankar K. Pal's photos published in the March 2002 issue were switched. How they appear here is the correct order and again we apologize to both for the error.
Pabitra Mitra received the BTech degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1996. He worked as a scientist with the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, India. Currently, he is a senior research fellow at the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. His research interests are in the area of data mining and knowledge discovery, pattern recognition, learning theory, and soft computing. He is a student member of the IEEE.
Sankar K. Pal (M '81-SM '84-F '93) (04230363) received the MTech and PhD degrees in radio physics and electronics in 1974 and 1979, respectively, from the University of Calcutta. In 1982, he received another PhD degree in electrical engineering along with a DIC from Imperial College, University of London. He is a professor and distinguished scientist at the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. He is also the founding head of Machine Intelligence Unit. He worked at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Maryland, College Park during 1986-87 as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas during 1990-92, and in 1994 as a guest investigator under the NRC-NASA Senior Research Associateship program; and at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, in 1999 as a visiting professor. He served as a distinguished visitor of the IEEE Computer Society (USA) for the Asia-Pacific Region during 1997-99. He is a fellow of the IEEE, Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy, and all the four National Academies for Science/Engineering in India. His research interests include pattern recognition, image processing, data mining, soft computing, neural nets, genetic algorithms, and fuzzy systems. He is a coauthor/coeditor of eight books including Fuzzy Mathematical Approach to Pattern Recognition, John Wiley (Halsted), New York, 1986, Neuro-Fuzzy Pattern Recognition: Methods in Soft Computing, John Wiley, New York 1999, and has published more than 300 research publications. He has received the 1990 S.S. Bhatnagar Prize (which is the most coveted award for a scientist in India), 1993 Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, 1993 Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, 1993 NASA Tech Brief Award, 1994 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award, 1995 NASA Patent Application Award, 1997 IETE-Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal, 1998 Om Bhasin Foundation Award, 1999 G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, the 2000 Khwarizmi International Award (1st winner) from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 2001 Syed Hussain Zaheer Medal from Indian National Science Academy, and the 2001 FICCI award. Professor Pal has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (1994-98), Pattern Recognition Letters, the International Journal Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, Neurocomputing, Applied Intelligence, Information Sciences, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, and Fundamenta Informaticae. He is a member of the executive advisory editorial board, IEEE Transactions Fuzzy Systems, International Journal on Image and Graphics, and International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, and a guest editor of many journals including IEEE Computer.