Dr. Ramprasad Balasubramanian

Dr. Ramprasad Balasubramanian (or Ram Bala) was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on July 1, 2017.

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. He joined the Department of Computer and Information Science as an Assistant Professor in January of 2000. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in September 2006. In September 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Professor.

His research interests include Artificial Intelligence and Mobile Robotics, Computer Vision and Decision Support Systems. His work in Computer Vision has consisted of developing algorithms for the detection, segmentation and visualization of features such as eddies and upwellings in isopycnal numeric ocean models as well as (AVHRR) satellite images. 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 and Office of Naval Research in excess of $2 million.

Dr. Balasubramanian received a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Madras, India; an MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH; an MS in Operations Research from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; and a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, under the guidance of Dr. Dmitri Goldgof, from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Contact Dr. Bala: rbala@umassd.edu or 508.999.8539