Director's Profile

Uday B. Desai received the B. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1974, the M.S. degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and the Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering.

Since June 2009 he is the Director of IIT Hyderabad

From 1979 to 1984 he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, U.S.A., and an Associate Professor at the same place from 1984 to 1987. From 1987 to May 2009 he was a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay. He was Dean of Students at IIT-Bombay from Aug 2000 to July 2002. He has held Visiting Associate Professor's position at Arizona State University, Purdue University, and Stanford University. He was a visiting Professor at EPFL, Lausanne during the summer of 2002. From July 2002 to June 2004 he was the Director of HP-IITM R and D Lab. at IIT-Madras.

His research interest is in wireless communication, wireless sensor networks and statistical signal processing. He is also interested in multimedia, image and video processing, artificial neural networks, computer vision, and wavelet analysis. He is interested in the development of communication and other technologies that can be exploited for the betterment of rural India. He is the Editor of the book "Modeling and Applications of Stochastic Processes" (Kluwer Academic Press, Boston, U.S.A. 1986) and co-editor of Second Asian Applied Computing Conference, Springer Verlag (2004). He is also a co-author of three books "A Bayesian Approach to Image Interpretation", "Multifractal based Network Modeling", and Multihop Mobile Wireless Networks.

Dr. Desai is a senior member of IEEE, a Fellow of INSA (Indian National Science Academy), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and a Fellow of The Institution of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). He is the recipient of J C Bose Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT-Bombay for 2007. He was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing form Jan 1999 to Dec. 2001. He is on the Technology Advisory Board of Microsoft Research Lab. India. He also on to advisory board of several startups. He was (i) the General Co-Chair for IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, 1998, (ii) International Liaison for Asia Pacific, and Technical Program Committee Co-Chair for Video Processing for IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) 2002, and (iii) Associate Vice Chair for PHY/MAC for IEEE International Conference for Wireless Communication and Networking (WCNC) 2005, (iv) TPC Chair for WPMC 2007, and TPC Co-Chair for COMSWARE 2008. He is one of the founding member of COMSNETS and also Society for Cancer Research and Communication. He was the Chair for IEEE Bombay Section 2006-2008. He was also on the Visitation Panel for University of Ghana. Further more information, Please click here.

Interested persons may contact Professor Uday B. Desai at the following address:

Professor Uday B. Desai
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Kandi - 502285
Telangana, INDIA
Phone: (040) 2301 6002
eMail: director [at]
Fax: (040) 2301 6003