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Scholar of the Week

Dhruv Batra

The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Dhruv Batra, an assistant professor with the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering, for his work that seeks to enable computer vision systems to better understand visual images.

Batra’s research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and computer vision, with a focus on developing efficient probabilistic models that learn from large quantities of data and make progress on difficult perception problems.

His goal is to create algorithms and techniques that will teach computers to better understand photographic images.

For example, instead of enhancing any single aspect of machine perception, such as face recognition, Batra and his students plan to build a “holistic scene understanding” system from the interaction of multiple computer vision modules.

The work has helped him earn three federal research grants this year worth more than a combined $1 million: A National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigators Award, and an U.S. Office of Naval Research grant.

The awards – valued at $500,000 for five years for the CAREER Award, $150,000 for three years from the Army, and $360,000 for three years from the Navy – all focus on machine learning and computer vision:  creating algorithms and techniques that will teach computers to better understand photographic images.

Batra received his doctoral and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and his bachelor’s degree from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University.

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The goals of the Scholar of the Week are to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship.

Please nominate individuals — not teams, groups, or more than one person.

Please provide a sentence describing the research, scholarship, or creative work in non-technical, generally accessible language. A second sentence with an example or application is helpful.

  • Send nominations to: Beth Tranter, Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President for Research.