Ramprasad Balasubramanian

Ramprasad Balasubramanian, PhD he/him/his

Vice Chancellor

Office of Research & Innovation

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Education

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

Teaching

Programs

Research

Research awards

  • $ 4,328,191 awarded by Office of Naval Research for MUST III: UMass Dartmouth Marine and Undersea Technology Research Program: Materials, Sensing and Communication for Naval Applications
  • $ 4,205,288 awarded by Office of Naval Research for UMass Dartmouth Marine and Undersea Technology Research Program - Materials, Sensing and Communication for Naval Applications (MUST II)
  • $ 4,576,764 awarded by Office of Naval Research for Marine and UnderSea Technology (MUST) Research Program at UMass Dartmouth

Research

Research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Mobile Robotics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Motion Detection and Tracking
  • Pattern Recognition

Biography

As the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Dr. Balasubramanian provides a strategic vision for the University’s research enterprise. He works closely with faculty, industry, government, and external partner institutions to advance the University’s research goals. He provides leadership in Research Administration, Research Development, Office of Institutional Ethics and Compliance, Environmental Health & Safety, Technology Ventures and Commercialization, Research Development, Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. These offices serve faculty, students, and staff throughout the process of discovery and creative activities, encouraging innovation through strategic partnerships, technology transfer initiatives, and innovation.

Dr. Balasubramanian joined the Department of Computer and Information Science as an Assistant Professor in January of 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006 and to the rank of Professor in 2013. He has served in a variety of leadership roles, since 2013, in the College of Engineering and the Office of the Provost before becoming the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. 

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 integrating real-time data from Internet-of-things (IoT) sensors to measure subsurface temperature and moisture for the 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 the development of cutting-edge research of naval relevance and the development of a highly-skilled workforce in the marine technology areas. Working with NUWC and the government relations offices, he secured nearly $19M through the Office of Naval Research to support MUST.

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