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Sethuraman Panchanathan

EVP KED/Chief Research & Innovation Officer
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
Professor and Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
Founding Director
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
EVP OKED/Chief Research & Innovation Officer
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
Biography

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan leads the knowledge enterprise development at Arizona State University, which advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, global and economic development at ASU.  His leadership has led to many accomplishments at ASU including quintupling the research performance over the last decade (to over $600M in 2018) placing it as the fastest-growing research university in the United States. ASU has also been ranked as the most innovative university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the last four years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

In 2014, Professor Panchanathan was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. National Science Board (NSB) for a six-year term. He is the first American of Indian origin to be appointed to the NSB. He served as Chair of the Committee on Strategy and currently serves on the External Engagement and National S&E Policy committees of NSB. Additionally, he was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Panchanathan is vice president for Strategic Initiatives and Membership of the National Academy of Inventors. He is currently the chair of the Council on Research (CoR) of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).  He is also the co-chair of the Extreme Innovation Taskforce of the Global Federation of the Council of Competitiveness (GFCC). In October 2018, Panchanathan was appointed Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Science & Technology.

Professor Panchanathan is a fellow of the NAI, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE). Panchanathan was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Multimedia Magazine, and is also an editor/associate editor of several international journals and transactions.

Professor Panchanathan’s research interests are in the areas of human-centered multimedia computing, haptic user interfaces, person-centered tools and ubiquitous computing technologies for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, machine learning for multimedia applications, medical image processing, and media processor designs. He has published more than 500 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored nearly 150 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry. Panchanathan has been a chair of many conferences, a program committee member of numerous conferences, an organizer of special sessions in several conferences and an invited speaker and panel member in conferences, universities and industry symposiums.

Education
  • Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada 1989
  • M.Tech. Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India 1986
  • B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India 1984
  • B.Sc. Physics, University of Madras, India 1981
Research Interests

Ubiquitous Computing Environments for enhancing qualify of life for individuals with Disabilities; Health Informatics; Multimedia Computing and Communications; Analysis and Recognition of Face, Gait, Emotions, Events and Activities; Haptic User Interfaces; Media Processor Designs; Indexing and Retrieval of Images and Video; and Genomic Signal Processing.

Publications
  • Nallure, Vineeth, Ye, Jieping, Panchanathan, Sethuraman. Biased Manifold Embedding: A Framework for Person-Independent Head Pose Estimation. IEEE (2007).
Research Activity
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CSE 580Practicum
CSE 595Continuing Registration
CEN 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CSE 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 493Honors Thesis
CEN 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
CEN 590Reading and Conference
CSE 590Reading and Conference
EGR 592Research
CSE 595Continuing Registration
CEN 599Thesis
CSE 599Thesis
CSE 790Reading and Conference
CSE 792Research
CEN 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
CEN 799Dissertation
CSE 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CSE 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 499Individualized Instruction
CEN 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
CSE 590Reading and Conference
CEN 590Reading and Conference
CSE 595Continuing Registration
CSE 599Thesis
CSE 790Reading and Conference
CEN 792Research
CSE 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
CSE 799Dissertation
CEN 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CSE 580Practicum
CSE 584Internship
CSE 595Continuing Registration
CSE 599Thesis
CSE 790Reading and Conference
CEN 790Reading and Conference
CSE 792Research
CEN 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
CSE 799Dissertation