S. Sitharama Iyengar, Ryder Professor of Computer Science and director of FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences, was presented in London with a Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Medal Oct. 5 by the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Welfare Society of India.
Iyengar was one of the 30 Indians worldwide to receive this honor, recognizing outstanding service and achievement by Indians in the international arena, in a ceremony at the House of Lords in London.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this international recognition,” Iyengar said. “I dedicate this illustrious recognition to my students, both former and present, from all over the world.”
A pioneer in the field of distributed sensor networks/sensor fusion, computational aspects of robotics and high performance computing, Iyengar has published more than 400 research papers, written eight texts and edited nine books. These publications have been used in major universities all over the world, including his research publications on the design and analysis of efficient algorithms, parallel computing, sensor networks and robotics. He will be an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineering Conference on the Frontier of Engineering Education to be held Oct. 27, 2013.
Iyengar is the founding director of FIU’s Discovery Laboratory. He has graduated more than 45 Ph.D. students, hundreds of master’s students and a large number of post-doctoral fellows at various institutions in the world. He also has many undergraduate students working on his research projects.
His fundamental work has been transitioned into unique technologies. All through his three-decade long professional career, Iyengar has devoted and employed mathematical morphology in a unique way for quantitative understanding of computational processes for many applications.