IEEE GRSS Kolkata Chapter: Current Activities & Future Perspective

Friday, September 18, 2020
13:00 GMT/UTC
Speaker: Pradipta Kumar Nanda, Siksha O Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India and Chapter Chair
Sponsored by GRSS


IEEE GRSS Kolkata Chapter: Current Activities& Future Perspective


GRSS Kolkata Chapter, India demographically covers 13 provinces of India, specifically the eastern part and the northeastern part of India.  This chapter has been very proactive in reaching out to different parts through lectures, IEEE Distinguished Lectures, organizing workshops, conferences, and seminars. This chapter also organized the International schools and workshops through the Chapnet program where a few GRSS chapters from across the globe joined the activity.  In this program, speakers from India as well as different other countries shared their expertise with the delegates of the school. This exposed our GRSS members as well as others interested in this related field. This program not only also augmented the participants with the state of the art research but also helped in motivating researches to come to the umbrella of GRSS. This was continued in 2018 and 2019 as well. The workshops, seminars, lectures, and international schools also provided an opportunity for scientist and researchers from the national laboratories and Industries to get updated with recent state of the art technology. During the process two student chapters could be formed; one at Kolkata and one at the Gangtok, Sikkim, the northeast part of the country. The students were also greatly benefited by different lectures. Different activities also motivated to have one more student chapter at Kolkata.  In 2019 we had the specific plan to reach out to northeast states and as a result, we had a national workshop and Distinguished Lectures at Sikkim University, Gangtok, Sikkim.  The Chapnet program of 2019 was a great success in roping in experts from different International chapters.  The outcomes of these activities are twofold; the first one is the increase in membership and the second one is connecting our members of different provinces.  This effort of the leaders of the chapter resulted in bagging the IEEE  Chapter leadership award and the Chapter excellence award in the year 2019.  The executive committee members meet periodically to review and plan different activities.

Though this year the leaders of this chapter had different plans but due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the plans are redrawn and all the activities are now on online modes. We have planned to have a series of lectures in online mode stretching till the month of December 2020.  We had already completed two lectures through the Google meet platform. These lectures are by different experts from our Kolkata Chapter as well as other chapters of India. This effort serves as a catalyst for activating our members and connecting them together. Besides, we have planned to have two National Level workshops during the month of September and October 2020 and one Chapnet program in November 2020.  Though initially, it was apparent that this year’s activities will be jeopardized   by COVID-19 pandemic, different activities are planned in online mode to connect our members and make our chapter a vibrant one.​




Pradipta Kumar Nanda graduated from VSS University of Technology (UCE Burla) in Electrical Engineering with First Class(Hons.) in the year 1984 and obtained master’s degree from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela in Electronics Systems and Communication in 1989 and obtained his Ph.D from IIT Bombay in 1996 in the area of computer Vision. He had a full scholarship to pursue Ph.D in the University of New Brunswick, Canada in the year 1992. He has been awarded scholarship from school level till PhD degree.

He has served more than 21 years at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela with the last position as professor and head of the department. He was Head of the department from 2005-2007. During his career at NIT Rourkela, He has contributed to the growth of the department and Institute as well. He was the principal Investigator of the Center of Excellence on Industrial Electronics and Robotics. Besides, he has developed the Image and Video Processing Research Lab, Real-time and Embedded System Lab, Communication and Signal Processing lab at NIT Rourkela.

Currently, he is the Dean(Research & Development) of Siksha O Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He is also the member of the Board of Management of Siksha O Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, India.
He has supervised 4 Ph.D. students as sole guide. He has guided more than 46 M.Tech and 1 M.Tech(Research) student. He has supervised several B.Tech. projects in different areas. Currently, he is supervising 8 Ph.D.&1 M.Tech students.

He has completed several AICTE/MHRD sponsored projects and running a collaborative project with Center for soft Computing, ISI Kolkata. He has published 90 papers in various Journals and Conference proceedings and has authored 3 research books and 5 book chapters . He has visited UK, USA, Malayasia in connection with academic programs. He was an academic visitor to School of Computing, University of Leeds ,UK in March 2006 and delivered lectures to their faculties and students. He has delivered plenary speeches in IEEE International Conferences and several invited lectures in different workshops/summer and winter schools. He has been program chair of three IEEE International Conferences and General chair of an International Conferences. He has chaired sessions in many International and national Conferences. He has organized several National and International Conferences. He has been serving as an expert member of NBA, Govt. of India. He is an subject expert in DRDO, NITS and many National Level Institutions.

On 14th Feb 2012, he has received the Bharat Jyoti award in a function at New Delhi from Indian International Friendship Society. He has received Odisha Technocrat award on 15th Sept 2013 form Evergreen forum of Odisha on the Engineers day.

He is a reviewer of IEEE transaction on SMC, IET Computer Vision and Image Processing, International Journals on Pattern recognition Letters, Digital Signal Processing, Journal of Electronics Imaging (SPIE) and many IEEE conferences. He has served as program committee members of many reputed International Conferences.
He is a Fellow of IETE, India and Senior Member IEEE, USA, member IET and life member of ISTE, India.
Currently, He is serving as the Chair, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (IEEE-GRSS) Kolkata Chapter, (2019 onwards).Earlier he was serving as the Vice Chair, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS) Kolkata Chapter, (2017-2018).

His research interests are Image Processing and Analysis, Bio-medical Image Analysis, Video-tracking, Computer Vision, Soft computing and their applications, Ad-hoc wireless sensor networks.