Dr. Kannappan Palaniappan
Professor at Univ of Missouri
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Chair | Editor | Author
Area of Expertise:
computer vision , machine learning , artificial intelligence , biomedical image analysis , high performance computing , geospatial informatics and data science
Profile Summary

Kannappan Palaniappan received his PhD in ECE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and MS and BS degrees in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He directs the Computational Imaging and VisAnalysis Lab and was the Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Missouri. He received the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching award at the University of Missouri. As a senior scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and UMIACS at the University of Maryland he co-invented the Interactive Image SpreadSheet for visualizing large multispectral imagery and deformable cloud motion analysis on the Maspar. He co-founded the Visualization and Analysis Lab at NASA that has produced a number of Digital Earth visualizations widely used by museums, media and map search engines (i.e. BlueMarble). He and his team have developed tools for petabyte-sized big data with pioneering contributions in data science, for which he was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal. He received summer awards including the ASEE Air Force and Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowships. In 2013 he was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Jefferson Science Fellowship the first faculty from the University of Missouri and state of Missouri. He has several issued patents on video motion analysis and camera pose estimation for aerial imaging. His team has been recognized with best paper awards at the IEEE Applied Imagery and Pattern Recognition Workshop (2018), CVPR Automatic Traffic Surveillance Workshop (2016), finalist for a best student paper award at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference (2016). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. His research covers image and video big data, computer vision, high performance computing, AI and machine learning and data visualization for defense, space and biomedical imaging.
Publications (31)

Proceedings Article | 27 April 2020 Presentation
Proc. SPIE. 11398, Geospatial Informatics X
KEYWORDS: Switches, Visual process modeling, Detection and tracking algorithms, Visualization, Video, Computer vision technology, Machine vision, Optical tracking, Machine learning, Motion models

Proceedings Article | 27 April 2020 Presentation
Proc. SPIE. 11398, Geospatial Informatics X
KEYWORDS: Target detection, Unmanned aerial vehicles, Video acceleration, Detection and tracking algorithms, Image processing, Video, Video surveillance, Motion detection, Surveillance, Optical tracking

Proceedings Article | 27 April 2020 Presentation
Proc. SPIE. 11398, Geospatial Informatics X
KEYWORDS: Switching, 3D image reconstruction, 3D modeling, Image registration, Computer vision technology, Machine vision, Object recognition, 3D vision

SPIE Journal Paper | 12 December 2018
JMI Vol. 5 Issue 04
KEYWORDS: Image segmentation, Blood, Flow cytometry, RGB color model, Microscopy, Detection and tracking algorithms, Medicine, Image processing, Diagnostics, Image analysis

Proceedings Article | 27 April 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10645, Geospatial Informatics, Motion Imagery, and Network Analytics VIII
KEYWORDS: Detection and tracking algorithms, Video, Video surveillance, Machine vision, Analytical research, Motion models

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Proceedings Volume Editor (10)

SPIE Conference Volume | 4 May 2021

SPIE Conference Volume | 18 June 2020

SPIE Conference Volume | 26 July 2019

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Conference Committee Involvement (12)
Geospatial Informatics XII
3 April 2022 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Geospatial Informatics XI
12 April 2021 | Online Only, Florida, United States
Geospatial Informatics X
27 April 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Geospatial Informatics IX
15 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Geospatial Informatics, and Motion Imagery Analytics VIII
16 April 2018 | Orlando, Florida, United States
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