Dr. Vijayan Asari is the University of Dayton Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair in Wide Area Surveillance and a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also the director of the Center of Excellence for Computer Vision and Wide Area Surveillance Research (Vision Lab).
Dr. Asari began teaching as an assistant professor in electronics and communications at TKM College of Engineering, University of Kerala, India. In 1996, he joined the National University of Singapore as a Research Fellow and led a team for the development of a vision-guided microrobotic endoscopy system. In 1998, he joined the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, and led the computer vision and image processing research activities in the Center for High Performance Embedded Systems at NTU. In August 2000, Dr. Asari joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, Virginia, as a visiting associate professor. In 2001, at ODU, he accepted a tenure track position in electrical and computer engineering. He was tenured in 2006 promoted to full professor in May 2007. At ODU, he was also the founding director of the Computational Intelligence and Machine Vision Laboratory.
Dr. Asari joined the University of Dayton in February 2010. He has received many awards for his teaching, research and leadership including the Vision Award for Excellence in August 2017, Sigma Xi George B. Noland Award in April 2016, and the Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award for Technical Leadership in April 2015. Dr. Asari has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the Fulbright Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and World Learning in August 2017. He was elected as a Fellow of SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers) in November 2018.
Dr. Asari has published, and co-authored with his graduate students and colleagues, more than 600 research articles, including an edited book on wide area surveillance and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, in the areas of image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, deep learning and high performance digital system architecture design.
He has so far supervised 27 Ph.D. dissertations and 41 M.S. theses in electrical and computer engineering. Currently, several masters' and doctoral graduate students are working with him.
As Senior Member of IEEE since 2001 and Fellow of the SPIE, Dr. Asari co-organized several IEEE and SPIE conferences and workshops.