The IEEE Computer Society Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award is given for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past 10 to 15 years. Contributions must have significantly promoted technical progress in the field.
Manjunath is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and directs the Center for Multimodal Big Data Science and Healthcare at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is highly acclaimed for technical excellence in bringing computer vision to a diversity of applications that range from digital libraries/remote sensing to marine sciences, materials science and biology, and in the development of reproducible scientific image analytics platform, BisQue. He has made fundamental contributions to image/video segmentation, image forensics, registration, feature extraction, image search and retrieval that have been documented in over 300 peer-reviewed publications. The impact of his technical work is demonstrated by an h-index of 70 (Google scholar), over 33K citations with six of his publications cited over 1000 times. Further emphasizing the significance and practical impact are: (a) 24 US and international patents, many of which are relating to technologies that were incorporated into the ISO/MPEG-7 standard; (b) BisQue software is now adopted as a core service by the NSF supported CyVerse Cyberinfrastructure (http://cyverse.org) that serves thousands of active users.
He is a co-author of a paper that received the 2013 IEEE Transactions Multimedia Best Paper Award and a co-author of a paper that received the Excellent Paper Award at the 2013 ACM International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras. He is a successful entrepreneur and has transitioned technologies relating to visual search, computer security, and media forensics applications through Mayachitra, Inc., that he co-founded.
Consisting of a certificate and a $2,000 honorarium, the award will be presented at the Computer Society’s annual awards dinner on 27 May 2020 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner during the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors meeting.
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