IIIT-D set to award Ph.D to its first two scholars

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
First PHD Graduates

Achieving yet another milestone, IIIT-D is set to award Ph.D. to its research scholars Kuldeep and Himanshu, thus graduating students in all three higher education degrees – Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate -- in a short span of five years.

Kuldeep, who was admitted to the pioneering CS Ph.D. batch in 2009, received good reviews from all three examiners for his thesis entitled ‘Geo-localization and Location-aware Opportunistic Communication for Mobile Phones’.

Dr Vinayak Naik was his Superviser, while he was co-supervised by Dr Pushpendra Singh and Dr Amarjeet Singh. Kuldeep is now working as a Research Scientist in Xerox labs in Bangalore.

PHD Scholar Kuldeep
PHD Scholar Himanshu Himanshu Bhatt, who pursued his Ph.D. in Computer Science as part of the Image Analysis & Biometric Group at IIIT-D, too successfully defended his thesis ‘Emerging Covariates of Face Recognition’.

His research work, which was carried out under the guidance of Dr. Mayank Vatsa and Dr. Richa Singh, was highly appreciated by the examiners. Himanshu is currently working as a Research Scientist in Analytics group at XRCI.

Broadly, Kuldeep’s research interests include mobile sensing, usability evaluation of mobile systems and designing mobile systems for developing countries; while Himanshu’s  are in Biometrics, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing, Computer Vision and Information Retrieval.
Both of them have received prestigious fellowships and other awards for their research work. Kuldeep was awarded Microsoft Research Ph.D. fellowship in 2011, which is given to only five computer science Ph.D. students every year in India. Himanshu was the recipient of the coveted IBM Ph.D. fellowship for 2011-2013.