Sethuraman Panchanathan

Sethuraman Panchanathan
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor and Founding Director, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Senior Vice President, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development

Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Arizona State University
PO Box 877205
Tempe, AZ 85287-7205

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan leads the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University, which advances research, entrepreneurship and economic development at ASU, in Arizona and beyond. Panchanathan was the founding director of the School of Computing and Informatics and was instrumental in founding the Biomedical Informatics Department at ASU. He also served as the chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. He founded the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) at ASU. CUbiC’s flagship project iCARE, for individuals who are blind and visually impaired, won the Governor’s Innovator of the Year-Academia Award in November 2004. In 2014, Panchanathan was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. National Science Board (NSB). He has also been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Panchanathan is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also the Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), He is currently serving as the Chair-Elect in the Council on Research (CoR) within the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). His research interests are in the areas of human-centered multimedia computing, face/gait analysis and recognition, haptic user interfaces, medical image processing, media processor designs and ubiquitous computing environments for enhancing quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Panchanathan has published over 425 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored over 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry. He has been a chair of many conferences, program committee member of numerous conferences, organizer of special sessions in several conferences and an invited speaker, panel member in conferences, universities and industry.


PhD, University of Ottawa, 1989

MS, Indian Institute of Technology, 1986

BE, Indian Institute of Science, 1984