A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
508 CoRE
94 Brett Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Tel: 848-445-5250
Email: vishal.m.patel@rutgers.edu

Prior to joining Rutgers University, I was a member of the research faculty at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).  I completed my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, in 2010.  I received the B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (with honors) and the M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, in 2004 and 2005, respectively.  I was a recipient of the ORAU postdoctoral fellowship in 2010.

Research Interests
Security and privacy: Active authentication, biometrics template protection, biometrics recognition
Computer vision: Deep learning, domain adaptation, dictionary learning, object recognition, activity recognition, shape representation
Machine learning: Dimensionality reduction, clustering, kernel methods, weakly-supervised learning
Signal/Image processing: Sparse representation, compressive sampling, image restoration, synthetic aperture radar imaging, millimeter wave imaging

02/2018: Our paper "Person recognition beyond the visible spectrum: combining body shape and texture from mmW images" received the Honorable Mention Paper Award at ICB 2018. Congratulations Ester! 

09/2017: Gave a keynote speech on Active Authentication at the 2017 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC), Hellenic Air Force Academy, Greece.
09/2017: Our paper "CNN-based cascaded multi-task learning of high-level prior and density estimation for crowd counting" received the Best Paper Award at AVSS 2017. Congratulations Vishwanath!
07/2017: Our work on Active Authentication was featured in CBS This Morning Saturday program (link)
12/2016: I have been elected as a member of the Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2017-2019)
09/2016: Associate Editor of the IEEE Biometrics Compendium

09/2016: I have been selected for the A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship Award at Rutgers
07/2016: Program Co-Chair for
07/2016: Co-organizer of tutorial on "Deep Learning for Biometrics" at IEEE BTAS 2016
07/2016: Co-organizer of Special Session on "Biometrics on Mobile and Wearable Devices" at IEEE BTAS 2016
06/2016: Program Co-Chair for IEEE/IAPR IJCB 2017
06/2016: Awarded NSF 1618677
05/2016: Invention of the Year Award at UMD (news, HyperFace)
03/2016: I received the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) award (all recipients, press release)