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UTD Computer Science Professor Wins
Grant Is Given to Top-Performing Junior Faculty
RICHARDSON, Texas (August 28, 2003) - Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, assistant professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been granted a Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his work with animation databases that eventually could aid the hearing impaired and have other potential applications.
The award, worth approximately $400,000 over the next five years, is part of the NSF's Faculty Early Career Development program. The Career Award is the NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty members and recognizes and supports the activities of teachers and scholars deemed most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Recipients are selected on the basis of creative early career development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their respective institutions.
Prabhakaran's research goal is to develop content-based retrieval and related techniques for animation databases. He also is working to integrate these techniques in an animation "authoring toolkit" - a graphic user interface designed to aid in generating new animation sequences by reusing existing models and motion sequences.
Prabhakaran's findings could have an impact on such areas as sign language and medical care and ultimately could lead to the development of educational materials about animation databases and scientific visualization. Specifically, he hopes to aid in generating sign language animations based on spoken words for persons with hearing disabilities.
Prior to joining UTD, Prabhakaran was a professor at the National University of Singapore, the University of Maryland in College Park and at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and completed his doctorate in computer science at the Indian Institute of Technology.
The NSF established the CAREER program in 1995 to help top-performing scientists and engineers early in their careers continue their commitment to research and education. Career Awards are bestowed each year to approximately 400 junior faculty members at universities across the country. Awards typically range in amount from $200,000 to $500,000 and in duration from four to five years.
Begun in 1950, the NSF was created to promote and advance progress in science and engineering research education in the United States. The NSF supports all fields of science, mathematics and engineering and is an independent federal agency that does not fall under any cabinet department.
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