Prof. Jitendra Malik


Prof. Jitendra Malik is one of the most distinguished computer scientists of the world who has made significant contributions in the fields of computer vision, computational modelling of biological vision, machine learning. Currently, he serves as the Arthur J. Chick Professor in the Computer Science Division, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley. In 2008, IIT Kanpur conferred upon him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding work.


Jitendra Malik completed his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1980 with flying colours. He outshined everyone and won a gold medal for being the best graduating student in the department. In 1985, he completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. In January 1986, he joined the University of California at Berkeley where he continues to work in the Computer Science Division, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He is also on the faculty of the Department of Bioengineering, and the Cognitive Science and Vision Science groups. Prof. Malik's areas of interest include artificial intelligence, biosystems & computational biology, control, intelligent systems, and robotics, graphics, human-computer interaction (HCI), and signal processing. Several well-known concepts and algorithms arose in this work, such as anisotropic diffusion, normalized cuts, high dynamic range imaging and shape contexts. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards such as Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989), the Rosenbaum fellowship for the computer vision programme at the Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge (1993), and Miller Research Professorship in 2001.

With over 150 research papers in the field of computer vision, he is one of the most cited scientists in the world. He is a fellow of the IEEE (2005) and ACM (2008). He is also a member of National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. Besides, he serves on the Editorial board of several prestigious journals, on the advisory board of Microsoft Research India and on the Governing Body of IIIT Bangalore

(Embedded Vision Alliance Interview with Professor Jitendra Malik)

Achievements and Honors

  • King-Sun Fu Prize of the International Association of Pattern Recognition, 2014.
  • IEEE PAMI-TC Distinguished Researcher in Computer Vision, 2013.
  • Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2008 by IIT Kanpur.
  • Longuet-Higgins Prize, 2007 & 2008.
  • Silicon India Leadership Award for Academics, 2002.
  • Miller Research Professor, UC Berkeley, 2001.
  • Diane S. McEntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000.
  • Rosenbaum Fellow, Newton Institute of Math. Sciences, Cambridge, 1993.
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1989.
  • IBM Faculty Development Award, 1986-88.
  • IBM Fellowship for Doctoral Study in Computer Science, 1983-85.