Ramprasad Balasubramanian, PhD

Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor

Academic Affairs / Provost




Foster Administration 315


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




Research awards

  • $4,205,288.00 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


Research interests

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


As the Vice Provost of Research and Academic Affairs, is providing leadership, in collaboration with the Deans to enhance research development and success, including identifying promising research areas, building clusters of faculty strength in those areas, assisting with proposal development, matching funds, and taking the lead in coordinating research laboratory and studio space development and allocation in consultation with Deans of the Colleges and Schools, and provides administrative support to compete effectively for and manage external funding. He will also support evidence-based decision-making at the University by identifying and defining key strategic outcomes and their supporting inputs and key performance indicators.

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 when he successfully led seven programs through ABET accreditation.
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 the 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 the development of research of naval relevance and workforce development in the marine technology areas. Working with NUWC and the government relations office he secured $8.8M through the Office of Naval Research to support MUST.

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