Research Interests :
Umapada Pal received his Ph.D from Indian Statistical Institute and his PhD work was on the development of printed Bangla OCR system. He did his Post Doctoral research at INRIA, France. From January 1997, he is a Faculty member of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit (CVPRU) of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and at present he is a Professor of CVPRU. His fields of research interest is different pattern recognition problems like Digital Document Processing, Optical Character Recognition, Camera/video text processing, Biometrics, Document Retrieval, keyword spotting, video analysis, pose estimaton, medical image analisis etc. He has published 435 research papers in various international journals, conference proceedings and edited volumes.
Because of his significant impact in the Document Analysis research, in 2003 he received “ICDAR Outstanding Young Researcher Award” from International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). In 2005-2006 Dr. Pal has received JSPS fellowship from Japan government. In 2008, 2011 and 2012, Dr. Pal received visiting fellowship from Spain, France and Australia government, respectively. Dr. Pal has been serving as General/Program/Organizing Chair of many conferences including International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR), International Conference on Frontiers of Handwritten Recognition (ICFHR), International Workshop on Document Analysis and Systems (DAS), Asian Conference on Pattern recognition (ACPR) etc. International Conference on Pattern recognition (ICPR) will be in first time in India in 2024 under his leadership. Also, he has served as a program committee member of more than 60 international events. He has supervised 16 PhD students. He has many international research collaborations and currently supervising Ph.D. students of 5 foreign universities.
He is the founding Co-Editor-In-Chief of Springer Nature Computer Science journal. He is serving as associate Editor of many journals like Pattern Recognition (PR), Pattern recognition Letters (PRL), ACM Transactions of Asian Language Information Processing (ACM-TALIP), International Journal of Document Analysis and Recognition, IJPRAI, and IET Biometrics. Also, he has served as a guest editor of several special issues. He is a Fellow of International Association for Pattern Recognition. Also, he is among the top two percent scientists in the world as listed by the Stanford University in 2020.