Dr. Ashit Talukder leads and manages the Information Access Division in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST he leads and directs a division of over 100 researchers and staff in the areas of information access, data processing, and information search and retrieval for multimedia, biometrics, Big Data, visualization, image processing, computer vision, video analytics, speech processing, speech recognition, machine translation, human-computer interaction, human-factors and usability, and multimodal data for science, defense and other applications. The programs that he leads at IAD involves collaborations within NIST, and with many federal agencies including DARPA, IARPA, NSA, FBI, DoD, DoJ, DHS and others. He initiates and leads new research efforts in the above areas, and facilitates collaborations and partnerships between research labs, academia and industry.He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS from Iowa State University. He was previously at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, a federally funded research and development center at NASA. He has served as a research faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC). His research background and expertise covers machine learning, search and retrieval, human language technologies, NLP, pattern recognition, image / signal processing, multimedia processing, video understanding, computer vision, data mining and analytics of massive datasets, Big Data, distributed control, biometrics, robotics, sensor networks and cyber-physical systems. He has led several projects and programs funded by DARPA, NSF, NIH, DHS, and other agencies. He has more than 65 journal and conference publications, and has served as a reviewer on numerous conferences and journals. He was a recipient of the Premium Award for Academic Excellence (1992), and several NASA Space Act Awards. He is an inventor of 2 patents. He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.
Information Access Division
Carnegie Mellon University, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1999
Iowa State University, M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1994