Narendra Ahuja received the B.E. degree with honors in electronics engineering in 1972 from Birla Institute of Science and Technology, Pilani, India; M.E. degree with distinction in electrical communication engineering in 1974 from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India; and Ph.D. degree in computer science in 1979 from University of Maryland, College Park, USA. From 1974 to 1975, he was with the Department of Electronics, Government of India, New Delhi. Since 1979, he has been with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is currently Donald Biggar Willet Professor of Engineering, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Beckman Institute, and Coordinated Science Laboratory.
His research interests are in computer vision, robotics, image processing, image synthesis, sensors, and parallel algorithms, and the use of information technology in societal development. His research emphasizes integrated use of multiple image sources of scene information to construct three-dimensional descriptions of scenes; the use of integrated image analysis for realistic image synthesis; special sensors for computer vision; extraction and representation of spatial structure, e.g., in images and video; and use of the results of image analysis for a variety of applications including visual communication, image and video editing and manipulation, video retrieval, robotics, and scene navigation.
He received the 1999 Emanuel R. Piore award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the 1998 Technology Achievement Award of the International Society for Optical Engineering. He received honorable mention for the 1999 University of Illinois Award for Guiding Undergraduate Research. He was selected as Associate (1998-99) and Beckman Associate (1990-91) in the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study. He has been on the University of Illinois' list of "Teachers Rated Excellent by their Students." He received founding University Scholar Award (1985), NSF/White House's founding Presidential Young Investigator Award (1984), UGC Fellowship (1972-74), National Scholarship (1967-72), and President of India's Merit Award (1966). He is fellow of: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, International Association for Pattern Recognition, Association for Computing Machinery, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and International Society for Optical Engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of the journals IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence; Computer Vision, Graphics, and Image Processing; Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision; Journal of Pattern Analysis and Applications; Int. Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology; and Journal of Information Science and Technology, and as guest coeditor of Artificial Intelligence Journal's 1995 special issue on vision.
He has coauthored the books: Pattern Models (Wiley, 1983), Motion and Structure from Image Sequences (Springer-Verlag, 1992), and Face Detection and Hand Gesture Recognition for Vision-Based Human Computer Interaction (Kluwer, 2001). He has coedited the book Advances in Image Understanding (IEEE Press, 1996). He has published about 20 book chapters, 80 journal papers and 200 conference papers. He has received 4 patents. He has graduated 30 Ph.D. students and 32 M.S. students. He has supervised 45 undergraduate research projects. He has been a chair/committee member/keynote speaker for 40 national and international conferences. He has served as reviewer for over 60 professional journals, magazines and conferences. He has developed and taught 4 new courses, established 2 new laboratories and taught a number of engineering courses. He has codeveloped and taught 2 new interdisciplinary courses. The results of his research have been used in industrial systems at General Electric, Westinghouse, Lockheed, Honeywell and Advanced Technology, Inc., and for the development of a radar system. He has consulted with 15 national and international, commercial and government organizations.