Balakrishnan Prabhakaran

Professor - Computer Science
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Professional Preparation

Doctor of Philosophy - Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai - 1995
Master of Science - Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai - 1990
Bachelor of Engineering - Electronics and Communication
Madurai-Kamaraj University - 1986

Research Areas

Research Interests

Dr B. Prabhakaran works in the area of multimedia systems. Currently, he is focusing on research topics such as:
(i) video and health-care data analytics;

(ii) streaming of 3D video, animations, and deformable 3D models;

(iii) content protection and authentication of multimedia objects;

(iv) Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees for streaming multimedia data in wireless adhoc and mesh networks;

(v) collaborative virtual environments.

In the past, he has worked on multimedia databases, authoring & presentation, resource management, and scalable web-based multimedia presentation servers.


Gaurav N. Pradhan and Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, " Indexing 3D Human Motion Repositories For Content-based Retrieval," IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIOMEDICINE , VOL. 13, NO. 5, , SEPTEMBER 2009 pdf 2009 - Publication
Ming Li and B. Prabhakaran, " On Supporting Reliable QoS in Multi-hop Multi-rate Mobile Ad Hoc Networks," ACM/Springer/URSI Wireless Networks(WINET) , March 2009 pdf 2009 - Publication
Hui Li, Ming Li, and B. Prabhakaran, " On Supporting High-Quality 3D Geometry Multicasting over IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networks," IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTERS , VOL. 58, NO. 5, pp1-14 , MAY 2009 2009 - Publication
Parag Agarwal, Srinivas Rajagopalan and B. Prabhakaran, " Minimizing Probable Collision Pairs Searched in Interactive Animation Authoring," The Visual Computing , Vol.24 Issue 5, pp. 347-359 , May 2008 2008 - Publication
Manoj Pawar, Gaurav Pradhan, Kang Zhang, and B. Prabhakaran, " Content Based Querying and Searching for 3D Human Motions," in Proceedings of internaltional ACM Multimedia Modeling Conference (MMM) 2008 , Kyoto , Japan , January 9-11 2008 , pp. 446-455 2008 - Publication
Yohan Jin and B. Prabhakaran, " Semantic Quantization of 3D Human Motion Capture Data Through Spatial-Temporal Feature Extraction," in Proceedings of 14th International Multimedia Modeling Conference (MMM'08) , Kyoto , Japan , Jan. 9-11 2008 , pp. 318-328 2008 - Publication
Phani S Kotharu and B. Prabhakaran, " Partial Fuzzy Query Resolution for Animation Authoring," ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications(TOMCCAP) , Vol.4 Issue 2 , May 2008 2008 - Publication
Gaurav N. Pradhan, Chuanjun Li and B. Prabhakaran, " Hand Gesture-based Computing for Hearing and Speech Impaired," IEEE Multimedia Magazine , 15(2): , April-June 2008 2008 - Publication
Ming Li, Hua Zhu, Yang Xiao, Imrich Chlamtac, and B. Prabhakaran, " Adaptive Frame Concatenation Mechanism for QoS in Multi-rate Wireless Ad Hoc Networks," in Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM 2008 , Phenix , Arizona , April 2008 2008 - Publication
Gaurav Pradhan, Navzer Engineer, Mihai Nadin, and B. Prabhakaran, " Analyzing motoric and physiological data in describing upper extremity movement in the aged," in Proceedings of International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2008) , Athens , Greece , July 16-19 2008 2008 - Publication


The University of Texss at Dallas [2010–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2004–2010]
The University of Texas at Dallas [2002–Present]
Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering
The University of Texas at Dallas [2002–Present]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2001–2004]
NEC USA C&C Research Labs [2001–2001]
Visiting Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2000–2000]
Assistant Professor
National University of Singapore [1997–2001]
Research Associate
University of Maryland [1995–1997]
United Nations Fellow
University of California [1989–1989]


2018–2018 Invited Speaker, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Arlington.
2018–2018 Panel Member, NSF CISE Panel.
AVID Program
2007–2007 Speaker, AVID Program, Franford Middle School, Plano ISD, March 30, 2007.
School of Engineering and Computer Science Scholars Day
2007–2007 Speaker, School of Engineering and Computer Science Scholars Day, University of Texas at Dallas, March 17, 2007.
US Army Research Office (ARO) Proposals Review
2018–2018 Panel Member, US Army Research Office (ARO) Proposals Review.

Additional Information

Professional Recognition and Honors
  • Recipient, US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2003. Funding: $400,000 from September 1, 2003 - August 31, 2008.
  • 2007 School of Engineering Service Award for Computer Science Department, 2007: $20,000 grant.
Administrative Services
  1. Member, Faculty Search Committee, Computer Engineering Program, University of Texas at Dallas. 
  2. Member, Faculty Search Committee, Computer Science Department, University of Texas at Dallas. 
  3. Director, PhD Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, 2010-present. 
  4. Vice-chair, Academic Calendar Committee, 2008-2010.
  5. Member, Faculty Committee for Computer Engineering Program. 
  6. Internal Reviewer, School of Arts & Humanities Program Review, Spring 2008 
  7. Member, School-wide Academic Affairs Committee, 2007-2008. 
  8. Member, Faculty Senate, University of Texas at Dallas, 2006. 
  9. Chair, Graduates Admissions Committee, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, November 2004 - 2010. 
  10. Member, Graduates Admissions Committee, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, November 2001 - present. 
  11. Member, Teaching Assistants Committeee, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, December 2003 - present. 
  12. Member, Under-graduate Program Committee, Telecom Engineering Program, University of Texas at Dallas. 
  13. Member, Outreach Committee, Computer Engineering Program, University of Texas at Dallas.
  14. Member, Supervisory Committee of several PhD students. 
Classroom Teaching
  1. 2013 Spring, Video Analytics 
  2. 2013 Sprring, Tele-medicine and Health-care Data Analytics 
  3. 2012 Fall, Multimedia Systems 
  4. Sabattical in Spring 2012 
  5. Sabattical in 2011 Fall 
  6. 2011 Spring, Multimedia Systems 
  7. 2010 Fall, Advanced Operating Systems 
  8. 2010 Spring, Multimedia Systems 
  9. 2010 Spring, Computer Animation 
  10. 2009 Fall, Advanced Operating Systems 
  11. 2009 Spring, Multimedia Systems 
  12. 2009 Spring, Computer Animation 
  13. 2008 Fall, Advanced Operating Systems 
  14. 2008 Spring, Multimedia Systems 
  15. 2008 Spring, Game Programming 
  16. 2007 Fall, Advanced Operating Systems 
  17. 2007 Spring Computer Animation 
  18. 2007 Spring Advanced Operating Systems 
  19. 2006 Fall, Multimedia Database Management Systems 
  20. 2006 Spring, Advanced Operating Systems 
  21. 2006 Spring, Discrete Mathematics II 
  22. 2005 Fall, Recent Advances in Multimedia Database Management Systems 
  23. 2005 Spring, Advanced Operating Systems 
  24. 2005 Spring, Discrete Mathematics II 
  25. 2004 Fall, Advanced Operating Systems 
  26. 2004 Spring, Advanced Operating Systems 
  27. 2003, Spring, Advanced Operating Systems 
  28. 2002, Fall, Advanced Operating Systems 22 
  29. 2002, Spring, Advanced Operating Systems 
  30. 2001, Fall, Advanced Operating Systems 
  31. 2001, Spring, Programming in Java 

Teaching at Other Universities

  1. 1998, Fall - 2000 Spring: Computer Networks, National University of Singapore. 
  2. 1998, Spring, Hypermedia Information Systems, National University of Singapore. 
  3. 1997, Spring, Telecommunication Protocol Design, University of Maryland, College Park, USA. 
  4. 1994, Spring - Fall, Computer Networks, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (formerly, Madras), India. 
  5. 1993, Fall, Programming & Data Structures, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India.

News Articles

Computing Professor Named Distinguished Scientist
The Association for Computing Machinery recently named UT Dallas computer science professor Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran a Distinguished Scientist. The process includes nomination by another association fellow and several professional references. ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society aimed at advancing computing as a science and a profession. Prabhakaran’s research interests include content-based retrieval of 3D models and motion sequences; streaming of 3D animations and deformable 3D models; content protection and authentication of 3D objects; quality-of-service guarantees for streaming in wireless ad-hoc and mesh networks;
Computer Scientist Tapped for Multimedia Expertise
The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Multimedia has named UT Dallas computer scientist Balakrishnan Prabhakaran to its executive council and appointed him editor-in-chief of the organization’s online magazine. An associate professor of computer science at the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Prabhakaran hopes he’ll be able to make a greater impact than ever on the development of multimedia research in these new roles. “This is a great honor and certainly shows Dr. Prabhakaran’s leadership in his field,” said D.T. Huynh, head of the Jonsson School’s Computer Science Dept.
U. T. Dallas Professor Receives Army Funding To Develop Tools for 3-D Data Management
A researcher at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has won a grant from the United States Army to develop a tool that could detect and correct errors in 3-D animation models. Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, an associate professor of computer science in UTD’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, said the $240,000 grant would help him to create technology that could, among other things, be used to aid in sophisticated, troubleshooting training exercises for the armed forces. Prabhakaran explained that such a tool could be crucial to military and other surveillance operations.
UTD Computer Science Professor Wins National Science Foundation Career Award
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...