ICES Professor Chandra Bajaj received the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
"I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to you for this distinction, particularly considering the fact that IITD has over 40,000 alumni and Distinguished Alumni Awards are conferred on a selected few. Your achievements have brought glory to the name of IIT Delhi, and the Institute is truly proud of you," said Professor V. Ramgopal Rao, director of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
Bajaj is director of the ICES Computational Visualization Center, professor of computer sciences and holds the Computational Applied Mathematics Chair in Visualization. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the departments of mathematics, electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering, the Center for Perceptual Systems, the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, and the Center for Learning and Memory.
His research interests span the algorithmic and computational mathematics underpinnings of image processing, geometric modeling, computer graphics, visualization, structural biology and bioinformatics. He applies these algorithms to: (a) structure elucidation and reconstruction of spatially realistic models of molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, and organs, from electron microscopy, and bio-imaging, (b) fast high-dimensional search/scoring engines for identifying energetically favorable molecular binding conformations (e.g. virtual screening for anti-viral drugs), and (c) integrated approaches to computational modeling, mathematical analysis and interrogative visualization of the dynamics of electrical signaling and oscillations (3–10 Hz) among neurons in the hippocampus (the central area of learning and memory in the human brain).
Bajaj is an author and editor of over 300 publications, including 225 papers, 25 book chapters, one book, and three edited volumes. He serves on the editorial boards of four scientific journals, including the “Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Journal on Imaging Sciences” and “American Computing Machinery Computing Surveys”, as well as on the editorial advisory board of the Chapman and Hall ICRC Mathematical and Computational Imaging Sciences Series, and the Elsevier “Journal on Graphical Models.” He is a member of the advisory committee of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources National Biomedical Computation Resource, and past panel member of the National Academy of Sciences, Vietnam Education Foundation, and a member of the center director chair search committee for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He was recently elected chairperson of the National Institutes of Health Molecular Structure and Function Study Section D.
For his research and academic contributions, he was elected a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.