Ramprasad Balasubramanian, PhD

Ramprasad Balasubramanian, PhD

Associate Provost for Decision Support & Strategic Initiatives / Director of Marine & Undersea Technology Research Program

Academic Affairs / Provost




Foster Administration 314A


2000University of South FloridaPhD in Computer Science
1993University of KentuckyMS in Operations Research
1991University of ToledoMS in Applied Mathematics




Research Awards

  • $4,205,288 UMass Dartmouth Marine and Undersea Technology Research Program - Materials, Sensing and Communication for Naval Applications (MUST II)
  • $4,576,764.00 Marine and UnderSea Technology (MUST) Research Program at UMass Dartmouth


As the Associate Provost for Decision Support and Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Ramprasad Balasubramanian will collaborate with academic Deans, CITS, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, Enrollment Management, and Budget and Planning units, as well as senior leaders to focus on critical strategic outcomes in the areas of enrollment, student success, and research expansion. He will also facilitate the University's initiative to become the hub of the blue economy in the Southcoast of Massachusetts through collaborations with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC, Newport) and regional marine technology industries.

Dr. Balasubramanian joined the Department of Computer and Information Science as an Assistant Professor in January of 2000 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 2006, and to the rank of Professor in 2013. Most recently, he served as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, leading the college in several key initiatives. Prior to his appointment as the interim dean, he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Engineering between January 2013 and June 2017.

His research interests include Artificial Intelligence and Mobile Robotics, Computer Vision, Decision Support Systems and Computing Education. His current focus of research in mobile robotics is in the area of Multi-vehicle autonomy, SLAM and navigation-related issues of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Specifically, he has focused on multi-vehicle coordination on long-term undersea missions, strategies for consensus in communication constrained environments and autonomy. His work in decision support systems has involved integration of real-time data from Internet-of-things (IoT) sensors to measure subsurface temperature and moisture for imposition of Seasonal Load Restriction in cold-weather regions. His research has been supported by Seaport Economic Council, US Department of Transportation, National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research in excess of $5 million. In 2019 he established the Marine and UnderSea Technology (MUST) Research Program to support development of research of naval relevance and workforce development in the marine technology areas. Working with NUWC and the government relations office he secured $4.57M through the Office of Naval Research to support MUST.

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