Awards and Honors

  1. John and Eva Cillag Endowed Chair of Science and Engineering, Michigan State University (2019)

  2. IAPR Fellow (2018)

  3. International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) JK Aggarwal Prize (2014)

  4. International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Young Biometrics Investigator Award (2013)

  5. Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award, West Virginia University (2012)

  6. West Virginia University Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching (2011)

  7. Robert C. Byrd Associate Professorship, West Virginia University Research Corporation (2011)

  8. NSF CAREER Award (2007)

  9. Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (2006)

  10. Outstanding Researcher Award (2005-2006, 2006-2007), College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University

  11. Outstanding Teacher Award (2004-2005, 2007-2008, 2010-2011), College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University

  12. Young Researcher of the Year (2003-2004), College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University

  13. Dissertation Completion Fellowship (Spring 2003), Graduate School, Michigan State University

  14. Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2001 - 2002), Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University

Best Paper Awards

  1. Best Paper Award for paper titled “Face Phylogeny Tree: Deducing Relationships Between Near-Duplicate Face Images Using Legendre Polynomials and Radial Basis Functions" by Banerjee and Ross at the 10th IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), (Tampa, USA), September 2019.

  2. Best Paper Award for paper titled “Spoofing PRNU Patterns of Iris Sensors while Preserving Iris Recognition" by Banerjee, Mirjalili and Ross at the 5th IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security and Behavior Analysis (ISBA), (Hyderabad, India), January 2019.

  3. Best Paper Award for paper titled “DeepMasterPrints: Generating MasterPrints for Dictionary Attacks via Latent Variable Evolution" by Bontrager, Roy, Togelius, Memon and Ross at the 9th IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), (Los Angeles, USA), October 2018.

  4. Best Student Paper Award for paper titled “Impact of Photometric Transformations on PRNU Estimation Schemes: A Case Study Using Near Infrared Ocular Images" by Banerjee and Ross at the 6th IAPR/IEEE International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics, (Sassari, Italy), June 2018.

  5. Best Paper Runner Up for paper titled “A Multi-Task Convolutional Neural Network for Joint Iris Detection and Presentation Attack Detection" by Chen and Ross at the 1st Workshop on Cross-Domain Biometric Recognition (CDBR) held in conjunction with the IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), (Lake Tahoe, USA), March 2018.

  6. Best Paper Award (Silver) for paper titled “Semi-Adversarial Networks: Convolutional Autoencoders for Imparting Privacy to Face Images" by Mirjalili, Raschka, Namboodiri and Ross at the 11th IAPR International Conference on Biometrics (ICB), (Gold Coast, Australia), February 2018.

  7. Best Paper Award (Runner Up) for paper titled “Spoofing Faces Using Makeup: An Investigative Study," by Chen, Dantcheva, Swearingen and Ross at the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security and Behavior Analysis (ISBA 2017), (New Delhi, India), February 2017.

  8. BTAS Five Year Highly Cited Paper Award for paper titled “Periocular Biometrics in the Visible Spectrum: A Feasibility Study," by Park, Ross and Jain (3rd IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), (Washington DC, USA), September 2009). Award given at the International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB) 2014.

  9. Best Paper Award for paper titled “De-Duplication Errors in a Biometric System: An Investigative Study,” by DeCann and Ross at the IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS),(Guangzhou, China), November 2013.

  10. Best Paper Award for paper titled “A Video-Based Hyper-Focal Imaging Method for Iris Recognition in the Visible Spectrum," by Tankasala et al. at the IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, (Waltham, USA), November 2012.

  11. Best Student Paper Award (Gold) for paper titled “Mixing Fingerprints For Generating Virtual Identities,” by Othman and Ross at the IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS),(Foz do Iguacu, Brazil), November/December 2011.

  12. Best Student Paper Award for paper titled “Decision-level Fusion Strategies for Correlated Biometric Classifiers,” by Veeramachaneni, Osadciw, Ross and Srinivas at the IEEE Computer Society Workshop on Biometrics at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) conference, (Anchorage, USA), June 2008.

  13. Best Student Paper Award for paper titled “Performance Enhancement of 2D Face Recognition via Mo-saicing,” by Singh, Vatsa, Ross and Noore at the 4th IEEE Workshop on Automatic Identification Advanced Technologies (AutoID), (Buffalo, USA), October 2005.

  14. Best Paper Award (Technical) for paper titled “Human Response to Different Adaptive Optic Flow Stimuli,” by Odom, Ghude, Ross, Humble and VanScoy at the 11th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM), (Ghent, Belgium), October 2005.

  15. Pattern Recognition Journal Best Paper Award (2005) for paper titled “Score Normalization in Multimodal Biometric Systems” by Jain, Nandakumar and Ross (published in vol. 38, pp. 2270 - 2285, December 2005).

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