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Assistant Professor, 2015 - 2017, Computational Imaging and VisAnalysis Lab, Department of Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2012 - 2015, Computational Imaging and VisAnalysis Lab, Department of Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Mentors: Prof. Kannappan Palaniappan (Professor, UMC), Prof. Guna Seetharaman (Chief Scientist for Computational Science, US Naval Research Laboratory - NRL)

Post-Doctoral Fellowships, 2009 - 2011, CMUC, Departamento de Matematica, Universidade de Coimbra (UC), Coimbra, Portugal
Under CMUC/FCT fellowship (2010 - 2011) & UTAustin|Portgual sponsored project fellowship
Mentors: Prof. Isabel M. Figueiredo, (2009 - 2010), Prof. Jose Miguel Urbano (CMUC Analysis Group - 2011)

Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2004 - 2009, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT M), Chennai, India - Thesis submitted November 2009, Defended March 2010
Thesis Adviser: Prof. Arindama Singh
Thesis title: Regularization and Partial Differential Equations Based Image Restoration. (Abstract)

M.Sc. in Mathematics, 2002 - 2004, Indian Institute of Technolgy Madras (IIT M), Chennai, India
MSc term project: Semi-Positone Problem and Diffusive Logistic Equation with Constant Yield Harvesting. April 2004 (Adviser: Prof. V. Vetrivel)

Research Interests

Analysis & Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations (PDEs)

Variational, Regularization, and PDE based Methods for Imaging and Vision Sciences

Mathematical Image Analysis

Computer Vision

Optimization, Statistical Methods for Image Processing

See my research page for more details and a peek into my results or my publications list to read the abstracts and papers.

Brief Bio
Surya Prasath is an assistant professor in the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and at the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Cincinnati, USA. He received his PhD in Mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India in 2009 (defended in March 2010). He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Mathematics, University of Coimbra, Portugal, for two years. From 2012 to 2017 he was with the Computational Imaging and VisAnalysis (CIVA) Lab at the University of Missouri, USA and worked on various mathematical image processing and computer vision problems. He had summer fellowships/visits at Kitware Inc. NY, USA, The Fields Institute, Canada, and Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), University of California Los Angeles, USA. His main research interests include nonlinear PDEs, regularization methods, inverse & ill-posed problems, variational, PDE based image processing, computer vision with applications in remote sensing, biometrics, and biomedical imaging domains.


Awards/Misc

Best Paper Award Finalist the 38th Annual International Conference EMBS, Orlando, FL, USA, 2016.

Best Paper Award at the Conference on Analysis of Images, Social Networks, and Texts (AIST) 2014.

Security Awareness Training, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA 2014.

Civility, You, and Mizzou, Certificate No. 1107, Online Learning Module, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA 2014.

Third place (out of 150) in the Certificate examination at the International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS), 2011.

US Nair Young Statistician Award 2008 by Indian Society for Probability and Statistics.

Best Paper Award at the Sixth Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing 2008.

Best Paper Award at the International Conference On New Trends in Statistics and Optimization 2008.

Selected as one of the best participant & Awarded Rs. 1000/- Cash Prize + 3 books at the Annual Foundational School–I (AFS-I), December 2005.

Joint CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) (Mathematics) & Lectureship Award 2005.

Joint CSIR/UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship award, 2004.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2004 Mathematics: Percentile score 88.50 All India Rank 171.

My Erdös number = 5

Workshops/Conferences :

Instructional School on Computational Partial Differential Equations (CPDE-05) Jun 2005 in IITB, Mumbai, India.



ATM Annual Foundational School - I (AFS-I) Dec 2005 (Funded by NBHM) in Bhaskaracharya Prathistana(BP) & University of Pune, India.
(Selected as one of the best participant)


ATM Annual Foundational School - II (AFS-II) Jun 2006 (Funded by NBHM) in Bhaskaracharya Prathistana (BP) & University of Pune, India.



ICVSS11 International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS): Registration, Recognition and Reconstruction in Images and Video, Jul 2011, Sicily, Italy.



Fields12 Summer Thematic Program on the Mathematics of Medical Imaging, Jul-Aug 2012, Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada.



GSS13 Graduate Summer School: Computer Vision (GSS), Jul-Aug 2013, IPAM, UCLA, USA.





ICETET08 First International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering & Technology (ICETET-08) 16-18 July 2008, Nagpur, India.
(Paper: Controlled inverse diffusion models for image restoration and enhancement. Available online at: IEEE Computer Society)

ISPS International Conference On New Trends in Statistics and Optimization (ICONTSO-08) 20-23 Oct 2008, Kashmir, India. (Best paper award)
(Paper: Robust M-estimators in early computer vision problems.)


iitk National Meet of Research Scholars in Mathematical Sciences (NMRSMS-08) 06-10 Dec 2008, IITK, Kanpur, India.
(Talk: Regularization and PDE based schemes for early computer vision problems)


iitb International Conference on Recent Trends in Computational Partial Differential Equations (ICCPDE-08) 10-13 Dec 2008, IITB, Mumbai, India.
(Paper: The role of edge indicator function in Perona-Malik diffusion equations.)


iuprai Sixth Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (ICVGIP-08) 16-19 Dec 2008, Bhubaneswar, India. (Best paper award)
(Paper: Edge detectors based anisotropic diffusion for enhancement of digital images. Available online at: IEEE Computer Society)

Loyola International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science (ICMCS09) 5-6 Jan 2009, Chennai, India.
(Paper: Nonlinear partial differential equations in computer vision.)

isi Seventh International Conference on Advances in Pattern Recognition (ICAPR-09) 4-6 Feb 2009, Kolkata, India.
(Paper: Ringing artifact reduction in blind image deblurring and denoising problems by regularization methods. Available online at: IEEE Computer Society)

iitd Third International Conference on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (PReMI-09) 16-20 Dec 2009, Delhi, India.
(Paper: Color image segmentation based on vectorial multiscale diffusion with inter-scale linking. Available online at: Springer-LNCS 5909/2009)

UC Summer School and Workshop on Imaging Sciences and Medical Applications (ISMA-10) 15-23 Jun 2010, Coimbra, Portugal.
(Talk: Variational segmentation schemes for mucosa detection in wireless capsule endoscopic images and videos)

Ciencia10 CIÊNCIA 2010 - Encontro com a Ciência em Portugal (Ciencia-10) 4-7 Jul 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.
(Talk: Wireless endoscopic imaging)


CMNE11 Congress on Numerical Methods in Engineering (CMNE-11) 14-17 Jun 2011, Coimbra, Portugal.
(Paper: Colonic mucosa detection in wireless capsule endoscopic images and videos)


IGARSS11 2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IGARSS-11) 24-27 Jul 2011, Vancouver BC, Canada.
(Paper: Weighted Laplacian differences based multispectral anisotropic diffusion)


MNAD12 Midwest Numerical Analysis Days (NA-12) 12-13 May 2012, Notre Dame, IN, USA.
(Talk: Efficient numerical techniques for adaptive total variation regularization in image processing)


IPS12 Inverse Problems Symposium (IPS-12) 10-12 Jun 2012, Michigan State University, MI, USA.
(Talk: On gradient domain regularization for image processing problems)


EMBS12 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS/EMBC) Aug 28 - Sep 1 2012, San Diego, CA, USA.
(Paper: Mucosal region detection and 3D reconstruction in wireless capsule endoscopy videos using active contours. Available online at: IEEE Xplore)

ICVGIP2012 Eighth Indian Conference on Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (ICVGIP-12) 16-19 Dec 2012, IIT Bombay, India.
(Paper: Multichannel texture image segmentation using weighted feature fitting based variational active contours. Available online at: ACM Digital Library)

JMM2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM-13) 9-12 Jan 2013, San Diego, USA.
(Talk: On generalized Perona--Malik diffusion equations in image processing)



SIAM-CSE2013 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (SIAM CSE-13) 25 Feb - 1 Mar 2013, Boston, MA, USA.
(Talk: Adaptive total variation regularization in image processing)


ORAM2013 The Third Ohio River Analysis Meeting (ORAM-13) 9-10 Mar 2013, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
(Talk: Global dissipative solutions for generalized forward-backward diffusion equations)
Slides available at figshare.com


AT2013 14th International Conference on Approximation Theory (AT14) 7-10 Apr 2013, San Antonio, TX, USA.
(Talk: Geometric separation using Shearlets: application to road line extraction)


LR60-2013 New Frontiers in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (A conference on the occasion of Lothar Reichel's 60th birthday and on the 20th anniversary of ETNA) (LR60) 19-20 Apr 2013, Kent State University, Kent, OH, USA.
(Talk: Multiresolution regularization methods for image deblurring)

ilas2013 18th Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS) 3-7 June 2013, Providence, RI, USA.
(Talk: On Moore - Penrose inverse based image restoration)


Prairie Analysis Seminar 2013 Twelfth Prairie Analysis Seminar 2013 (PAS) 27-28 Sep 2013, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA.
(Talk: Variable exponent function spaces and p(x)-Laplacian driven nonlinear diffusion)


AMS Fall Central2013 AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting (FAll Central-13) 18-20 Oct 2013, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA.
(Talk: Global dissipative solutions for generalized forward-backward diffusion equations)


SIAM PD2013 SIAM Conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations (SIAM PD-13) 7-10 Dec 2013, Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA.
(Talk: The influence of PDE based image processing in analysis: Modern developments)


SPIE DSS2014 SPIE Defense and Security Symposium (DSS) 5-9 May 2014, Baltimore, MD, USA.
(Papers: Large-scale bundle adjustment for wide-area motion imagery (WAMI), Feature fusion for texture object segmentation in videos)


DECS 2014 10th Mississippi State Conference on Differential Equations and Computational Simulations, (DECS) 23-25 October 2014, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, USA.
(Talk: Dissipative solutions for generalized forward-backward diffusion equations)



Other Presentations/Posters/Articles:
  • Conducted a one day workshop: Advanced Computing with MATLAB, Dr. MGR-Janaki College of Arts and Science for Women, Chennai, India, August 2007.
  • Article titled: Differential geometric ideas in image restoration, FORAYS 2007, (Annual Magazine), Dept. of Mathematics, IIT Madras, India, March 2007.
  • Invited talk: Mathematics - Options and Opportunities, Arignar Anna Government Arts College (My Alma Mater), Cheyyar, Tamil Nadu, India, January 2008.
  • Talk titled: Regularization and PDE based methods in image processing, SSN Engineering College, Chennai, India, 5th August 2009.
  • Poster: Juan C. Moreno, V. B. S. Prasath, I. M. N. Figueiredo, G. Stadler. A New Segmentation Model for Endoscopic Human Colonic Aberrant Crypt Foci, Poster & Short presentation (By Juan C. Moreno), ISMA - 10, Coimbra, Portugal, 15-23 Jun 2010.
  • Poster: Isabel N. Figueiredo, V. B. Surya Prasath, Yen-Hsi R. Tsai, Pedro N. Figueiredo. Geometry Based Polyp Detection in Wireless Capsule Endoscopy Images, (Presented by Prof. Yen-Hsi R. Tsai), IMA Annual Program Year Workshop: Computing in Image Processing, Computer Graphics, Virtual Surgery, and Sports, IMA - University of Minnesota, USA, Mar 7-11, 2011.
  • Poster: V. B. S. Prasath, K. Palaniappan. Efficient splitting techniques for adaptive total variation based image decomposition, February Fourier Talks (FFT-2013), University of Maryland, USA, 21 Feb 2013.
  • Talk titled: Mucosal surface detection and reconstruction from endoscopic images with robust perspective shape from shading, Core Imaging Group Seminar, US National Library of Medicine, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA, 22 Feb 2013.
  • Talk titled: Globally convex variational models for computer vision problems, Computer Science Seminar, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO, USA, 21 Mar 2013.
  • Poster: V. B. S. Prasath et al. Computerized Dura Mater laminae analysis of fluorescence microscopy images, Missouri Life Sciences Week, 15 April 2013.
  • Poster: V. B. S. Prasath, J. C. Moreno, K. Palaniappan. On convergent finite difference schemes for variational PDE based image processing, First Central Region Conference on Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems, Department of Mathematics, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA, May 3 - 5, 2013.
  • Poster: Geometric separation using Shearlets: Application to road line extraction and vessel segmentation, February Fourier Talks (FFT-2014), University of Maryland, USA, 20 Feb 2014.
  • Poster: V. B. S. Prasath et al. Stromal-epithelial separation for breast cancer tissue microarrays from histopathology. Missouri Life Sciences Week, 14 April 2014.
  • Poster: V. B. S. Prasath et al. Multi-scale directional vesselness stamping based segmentation for polyps from wireless capsule endoscopy. 36th Annual International Conference EMBS (IEEE EMBS/EMBC 2014), Chicago, USA, Aug 26-30, 2014.
  • Poster: Shearlets active contours, February Fourier Talks (FFT-2015), University of Maryland, USA, 19 Feb 2015.
  • Poster: V. B. S. Prasath et al. Multiscale anisotropic tensor filtering of fluorescence microscopy for denoising vasculature. Missouri Life Sciences Week, 13 April 2015.
  • Poster: V. B. S. Prasath et al. Computerized microvasculature dura mater structure extraction and analysis of fluorescence microscopy imagery. Missouri Informatics Symposium, 4 April 2016.
  • Poster: V. B. S. Prasath et al. Computerized microvascular dura mater structure extraction from confocal microscopy images. Missouri Life Sciences Week, 18 April 2016.
  • Poster: Y. M. Kassim et al. Improved random forests for dura mater microvasculature segmentation using epifluorescence images. Missouri Life Sciences Week, 18 April 2016.
  • Poster: Yonekura et al. Automatic disease stage classification of brain glioblastoma multiforme histopathological images using deep convolutional neural networks. Machine Learning in Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Jun 6 - 8, 2018.
  • Poster: Y. M. Kassim et al. Microvasculature segmentation of arterioles using deep CNN. Machine Learning in Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Jun 6 - 8, 2018.


  • Professional service:
    Reviewer for Mathematical Reviews (MR) of AMS MathSciNet. Occasionally review papers for Journals & Conferences: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (TIP), IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS), IEEE Signal Processing Letters (SPL), IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging (TMI), International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS), Remote Sensing Letters (RSL), Pattern Recognition Letters (PRL), Computers & Electrical Engineering, Swarm and Evolutionary Computation (SWEVO), Optical Engineering (OE), Optics Letters(OL), Journal of Electronic Imaging (JEI), Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics, Image Science & Vision (JOSA A), Machine Vision and Applications, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology,...
    My peer reviewer profile Publons: https://publons.com/a/337930/

    Membership/Societies:
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • European Mathematical Society (EMS)
  • Indian Society for Probability and Statistics (ISPS)
  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing
  • International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS)
  • Adviser - www.figshare.com



  • Newton

     "If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of Giants" - Isaac Newton



    On the shoulders of the masters:
    I have been lucky to learn from the masters. I had great teachers at IITM, starting with my PhD adviser/mentor Prof. Arindama Singh, I learned analysis under the tutelage of Prof. S. H. Kulkarni, Prof. M. T. Nair, and Prof. P. V. Subrahmanyam. In IITM we also had a weekly seminar series which I attended fervently. Here is a list of other Professors (from other institutes in India) who's lectures I have attended in the past few years.