Pramod Varshney

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

For his contributions to the science of information fusion, as a pioneering researcher and distinguished educator.

Pramod Varshney
BSEE ‘72, MS ‘74, PhD ‘76
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering
Syracuse University
Syracuse, N.Y.

Pramod K. Varshney has served at Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., since 1976. He is currently a distinguished professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE). He is also an adjunct professor of radiology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. His current research interests are in distributed sensor networks and data fusion, detection and estimation theory, wireless communications, physical layer security, image processing, and radar. He has published extensively. He is widely known for his seminal contributions in the area of distributed inference. He is the author of Distributed Detection and Data Fusion, published by Springer-Verlag in 1997.

While at the University of Illinois, Varshney was a James Scholar, a Bronze Tablet Senior, and a Fellow. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and is the recipient of the 1981 ASEE Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1997 for his contributions in the area of distributed detection and data fusion. In 2000, he received the Third Millennium Medal from the IEEE and Chancellor’s Citation for exceptional academic achievement at Syracuse University. He is the recipient of the IEEE 2012 Judith A. Resnik Award. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering honoris causa by Drexel University in 2014. He was the president of the International Society of Information Fusion during 2001.

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