About Dr. K.M.M.Rao

Dr.K.M.M.Rao received his B.E (Honors) and M.E. in Electronics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in 1970 & 1972, respectively and his Ph.D in Image Processing from S.K.University, Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh

Dr.K.M.M.Rao joined Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1973. He was Responsible   for the design and development of Black and White and Colour Drum Scanner Imager, first time in India. Scanner is used for digitizing Aerial Remote Sensing Photographs and Imager is used for reproducing various types of photographic prints. Since 1976, he  worked with National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) and was designated as Operations Director IRS-1C in 1996 and IRS-1D in 1997. He was Deputy Director (Data Processing Area) at NRSC, till December 2006.  As Adjunct Faculty at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus from 2008, he taught Digital Image Processing and Remote Sensing courses.

He has established elaborate Image Processing Facilities at NRSC  Hyderabad for processing IRS Satellite data. He has worked in  IRS projects, starting from  1km resolution  satellite to 80 cm  resolution satellite during last about 35 years in ISRO.

He has designed and developed number of technologies for Image Processing and Remote Sensing applications. He obtained five patents for his designs.

He has designed and developed software to analyze   planimetric   parameters of optic disk to study glaucoma disease objectively.  He   developed software to montage fundus images to study retinal diseases. He has contributed for improving the quality of radiographic images and to develop computer hardware for digital catheterization laboratory indigenously.

He has got several awards for his inventions viz.,

  • National Academy of Science India Award along with a gold medal, citation and cash award, in the field of Instrumentation in 1995.
  • Drum Scanner-Digitizer bagged the Best Invention Award in 1994.
  • Presidential Award for Meritorious Invention of Color Photowrite System on 15th August, 1993.
  • Best Invention Award for Color Photo write System in 1992.
  • Engineer of the Year Award from Institute of Engineers, AP State Centre for 1989.
  • Satellite Image Processing System (SIPS) bagged Best Invention Award in 1989.
  • The Additive Color Viewer won the first prize for Import Substitution in 1980

He is   Adviser to number of  companies. He guided a team to design Photo write system to generate photographic prints from a photo  roll paper in office environment. He guided a  software team  for designing and developing  Image Processing software  using wavelets for Processing Medical Images. He guided software team for designing and developing Image Processing software using wavelets for Processing Medical Images

He is Fellow of Institute of Electronics & Telecommunications (IETE) India, Fellow of ISNT, Life Senior Member  IEEE (US), Life Member Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS). He is  Member of Executive Committee of IETE, Hyderabad. He was a Member in Board of Studies in number of  Universities. He is member executive committee, IEEE Hyderabad section for 2021

He has more than 120 research publications/reports to his credit. He has supervised over 300 graduate and undergraduate students in their research projects. He is currently supervising  few Ph.D  and M.S students. Six of his students got Ph.D from JNTU, Hyderabad and BITS-Pilani,Hyderabad.

He has delivered number of Invited talks in various Universities in India and abroad.He has brought  out a Special Issue of International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation on Indian Remote Sensing Satellite,Resourcesat-1 as guest editor. He has visited number of countries, such as USA, Canada, Netherlands, Singapore, Dubai, Nepal, etc.,  

He organizes number of workshops on Image Processing to benefit young teachers of various engineering colleges. His areas of interest include Satellite Data Processing, Image Processing, Medical Imaging, Data Mining and Photo Writing.

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