University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Profile: Bir Bhanu

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Bir Bhanu

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns Presidential Endowed Chair
Distinguished Professor
Director, Center for Research in Intelligent Systems
Founding Chair, Electrical Engineering
Bir Bhanu

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
University of Southern California (Image Processing Institute), 1981

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering                                                            216 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-3954
Facsimile: 951-827-2425
Personal Webpage

Former Institution: Honeywell Incorporated


Dr. Bhanu is the Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, Cooperative Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California at Riverside. Dr. Bhanu is the first faculty hired in the Bourns College of Engineering. Dr. Bhanu is the founding Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCR and served as its first Chair (1991-94). He is the founding Director of the Center for Research in Intelligent Systems (CRIS) at UCR. He is also the Director of Visualization and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VISLab) at UCR. Prior to joining UCR, Dr. Bhanu was a Senior Honeywell Fellow at Honeywell Inc. Dr. Bhanu has been on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science, University of Utah, and has worked with Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation, INRIA-France and IBM San Jose Research Laboratory. Dr. Bhanu has been the principal investigator of various programs from DARPA, NASA, NSF, AFOSR, ARO and other agencies and industries in the areas of object and target recognition, autonomous navigation, learning and vision, video networks, image understanding, image and video databases and machine vision applications. Dr. Bhanu has been the guest editor/associate editor of many journals including IEEE Transactions Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions Systems, Man and Cybernetics and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Pattern Recognition, Pattern Analysis and Applications, Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision and the International Journal of Machine Vision and Applications.

Dr. Bhanu is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR), and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). Dr. Bhanu is a member of ACM and AAAI. Dr. Bhanu was the General Chair for the first IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision (Palm Springs, CA, 1992), Chair for the DARPA Image Understanding Workshop, (Monterey, CA, 1994), and General Chair for the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (San Francisco, CA, 1996). Dr. Bhanu received the S.M. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Image Processing Institute, University of Southern California and the M.B.A. degree from the University of California, Irvine.


  • B.S. (Honors) Electronics Engineering 1972 Institute of Technology, BHU, India
  • M.E. (Distinction) Electronics Engineering 1974 Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India
  • S.M. & E.E Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, 1977 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT (Research Laboratory of Electronics)
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 1981 University of Southern California, USC (Image Processing Institute)
  • M.B.A. Business Management 1984 University of California at Irvine, UCI


  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) 1995
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1997
  • Fellow, International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR), 2000
  • Fellow, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), 2002
  • Honeywell Awards for Engineering Excellence, 1987-90
  • Honeywell SRC Alpha Team Award on DARPA Scene Dynamics Program, 1989
  • Honeywell MOTEC Award for Technical Excellence, 1989
  • Award for Outstanding Papers Published (1989) in J. Pattern Recognition, 1990, 2000
  • Award and plaque from President and Chief Operating Officer of Honeywell in Recognition of Engineering Expertise & Achievement on a patented idea "Inertial Navigation Sensor Integrated Obstacle Detection System", 1992
  • Certificate for Election to IEEE Fellow, IEEE Los Angeles Council, January 1996
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution 1978
  • IBM Project Award for Outstanding Contribution, 1978
  • Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of California Riverside, November 2003

Research Areas

Computer vision, machine learning and pattern recognition, video networks, image and video databases, biological and medical image & signal processing, sensor fusion, computer graphics and visualization, robotics, artificial intelligence, commercial, medical, military and intelligence applications.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521-0429

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