News and Updates

  • Paper titled "SoftSkip: Empowering Multi-Modal Dynamic Pruning for Single-Stage Referring Comprehension", accepted at ACM Multimedia'22. Congrats Dulanga & Tuan!

  • Paper titled "COSM2IC: Optimizing Real-time Multi-Modal Instruction Comprehension", accepted at IROS'22 and IEEE RAL journal. Congrats Dulanga & Tuan!

  • Paper titled "RhythmEdge: Enabling Contactless Heart Rate Estimation on the Edge", co-authored with UMBC researchers, presented at IEEE SmartComp'22 and wins Best Paper Award! Congrats to Zahid and the UMBC team!

  • Paper titled "MRIM: Enabling Mixed-Resolution Imaging for Low-Power Pervasive Vision Tasks", presented as a full paper at IEEE Percom'22. Congrats Jiyan, Vithurson & Tuan!

  • Honored to be recognized in 2021 as an ACM Distinguished Member for "Outstanding Engineering Contributions to Computing".

  • Paper titled "ComAI: Enabling Lightweight, Collaborative Intelligence by Retrofitting Vision DNNs", accepted at IEEE Infocom'22. Congrats Kasthuri & Dhanuja!

  • Paper titled "STranGAN: Adversarially-Learnt Spatial Transformer for ScalableHuman Activity Recognition", co-authored with UMBC researchers, presented at IEEE/ACM CHASE'21, and wins Best Paper Award! Congrats to Zaher and the UMBC team!

Hiring Opportunities/ Announcements

I'm looking for researchers and engineers as follows:

  • 1 Ph.D. student, starting Jan 2023, in the broad areas of: (i) wearable & IoT sensing; or (ii) multi-modal AI for human-machine interaction.

  • Research engineer/Fellow for (a) project on "optimized ML for human-robot collaboration" [1] and (c) project on "3D Sensing and Reconstruction"[1].

About Me

I am a Professor in the School of Computing & Information Systems at Singapore Management University. My primary research interests are in the areas of:

  • Mobile & Wearable Sensing & Computing,

  • Ultra Low-Power & AI for IoT

  • Optimized Human-Machine Interaction

  • Smart City Services & Mobility Analytics

Prior to joining SMU, I spent over a decade as an industrial researcher, including stints as: a Senior Scientist at Telcordia Technologies, Piscataway, NJ (2008-2010), Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY (2001-2008) and Research Scientist at Bellcore, Morristown, NJ (2001-2008). I'm a Distinguished Member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Current Responsibilities

  • Vice Provost (Research), SMU, 07/2020-current

Past Responsibilities

  • Director, Center for Applied Smart-Nation Analytics (CASA), 09/2016-03/2022

  • Deputy Director, Living Analytics Research Center (LARC), 09/2010-03/2022:

  • Associate Dean (Research), SIS, 06/2015-06/2020

  • Director, LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform, 04/2012-03/2019:


Ph.D. -- Aug 1994 - May 2000 University of Maryland at College Park

MS -- Aug 1994 - Aug 1996 University of Maryland at College Park

BS -- Aug 1989 - May 1993 Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

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