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Dr. Kannappan Palaniappan
University of Missouri

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Dr. Kannappan Palaniappan is the LaPierre Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Missouri. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and MS and BS degrees in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He directs the Center for Computational Imaging and VisAnalysis focusing on research at the synergistic intersection of image analysis, computer vision, parallel computing, information fusion and machine learning to understand, quantify and model physical processes with applications to biomedical and defense imaging. Recent multidisciplinary contributions range across orders of scale from sub-cellular microscopy at the molecular level to remote sensing imaging at the macro level. At NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he co-founded the Visualization and Analysis Lab that has produced a number of spectacular Digital Earth visualizations used by search engines, museums, magazines, and broadcast television. He is co-inventor of the Interactive Image SpreadSheet for interactive exploration of massive multispectral imagery, and developed the first large scale parallel semi-fluid cloud motion analysis algorithm using geostationary satellite imagery for improving hurricane modeling. In the bioimaging phenomics and biomedical engineering areas his research program centers on quantitative high-throughput algorithms for characterizing cellular and sub-cellular behavior for accurate cell detection, boundary segmentation, classification and tracking algorithms with applications to cancer, stem cells, cell cycle, tissue identification, vascular networks and clinical image analysis. Active research in visual scene understanding is ongoing in wide area imaging using camera arrays, object tracking video analysis, level set-based vision algorithms, non-rigid motion analysis, activity-based video retrieval, 3D multiview reconstruction, data mining, user interfaces and scientific visualization. He is a recipient of the NSERC Canada Scholarship, University of Missouri William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowships, Boeing Welliver Summer Faculty Fellowship and the NASA Public Service Medal for pioneering contributions in developing scientific visualization and analytic tools for big data.