Debasis Mitra is currently a Professor in the Department of
Computer Science at Florida Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. in
Computer Science from the Center for Advanced Computer Studies of
the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mitra's first
Ph.D. was in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur.
He was an Assistant and Associate
Professor in Computer Science at Jackson State University before
joining Florida Institute of Technology.
Present focus of Mitra's research is in Bio-medicine.
His group is engaged in improving reconstruction of Nuclear Medical images of heart and brain.
A long term vision is to understand the molecular biology of deseases for improving human health.
The group also works on Bio-informatics and Knowledge-representation.
In the past Mitra has worked on qualitative reasoning with spatial and temporal constraints.
Learning about the laws of nature has always facinated me.
So I started my higher education studying physics. I did my
first Ph.D. on mathematical physics, working on Lorentz Groups.
While pursuing my Ph.D. at IIT I was hired by one of the largest
companies, Oil and Natural Gas Commission, in India, my country of origin.
I worked as an exploration geophysicist there, on areas like petroleum
geology, onshore and offshore field geophysics, and yes, a lot of data
processing. I fell in love with the art of programming and became
overwhelmed with the idea that the computers could be 'programmed'
to think. At this point in my career I decided that I have had enough
in oil business and should learn about computers and artificial
intelligence more seriously. I joined the University of Louisiana
at Lafayette as a graduate student in computer science. 'Time'
became once again my area of investigation, as it was during my
past graduate study in physics. This time I looked into it from the
computational point of view - how to reason with it. After completing
my second doctorate I have decided to teach computer science while
continuing my journey of delving more and more into 'space' and 'time.'
In the end I became fatigued of working with complete abstractions,
and wanted to dip my hands into some real data, as I was doing during my
early infatuation with computers. Mathematical or scientific computing
started attracting me more. With a sabbatical at Lawrence Berkeley
National Lab I was introduced to inverse problems over noisy nuclear
imaging data. Medical image-data processing and management became my staple.
Thanks to a number of extraordinary collaborators and students, our learning
curve to this new area was steady.
So, here I am! But, stay tuned for more, or view my projects site.
A disclaimer: I am not the Debasis Mitra, who works on distributed computing in Bell Lab, and who recived the
prestigious Bhatnagar Award in India.