Sankar Pal

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Sankar Pal

Professor ,Indian Statistical Institute


Books Published

Authored Monographs:

  1. Fuzzy Mathematical Approach to Pattern Recognition S.K. Pal and D. Dutta Majumder John Wiley & Sons (Halsted), N. Y., 1986

  2. Neuro-Fuzzy Pattern Recognition : Methods in Soft Computing S.K. Pal and S. Mitra John Wiley, N.Y., 1999

  3. Foundations of Soft Case-Based Reasoning ,Sankar K. Pal and Simon C. K. Shiu, John Wiley, N.Y., 2004

  4. Pattern Recognition Algorithms for Data Mining, Sankar K. Pal and  Pabitra Mitra CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2004

  5. Classification and Learning Using Genetic Algorithms: Applications in Bioinformatics and Web Intelligence Series: Natural Computing Series Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Sankar K. Pal Springer,  Heidelberg,  2007

Edited Monographs:

  1. Fuzzy Models for Pattern Recognition : Methods that Search for Structures in DataJ. C. Bezdek and S. K. Pal (Eds.)IEEE Press N. Y., 1992.

  2. Genetic Algorithms for Pattern Recognition S. K. Pal and P. P. Wang (Eds.) CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1996

  3. Rough-Fuzzy Hybridization : A New Trend in Decision Making S. K. Pal and A. Skowron (Eds.)springer Verlag, Singapore, 1999

  4. Soft Computing for Image Processing S.K. Pal, A. Ghosh and M.K. Kundu, (Eds.)Physica Verlag, Heidelberg, 2000

  5. Soft Computing in Case Based Reasoning S.K. Pal, T.S. Dillon and D.S. Yeung, (Eds.)Springer Verlag, London, 2001

  6. Pattern Recognition : From Classical to Modern Approaches Sankar K. Pal and Amita Pal, (Eds.)World Scientific, Singapore, 2001

  7. Neural Networks and Systolic Array Design David Zhang and Sankar K. Pal, (Eds.)World Scientific, Singapore, 2002

  8. Soft Computing Approach to Pattern Recognition and Image Processing Ashish Ghosh and Sankar K. Pal, (Eds.)World Scientific, Singapore, 2002

  9. Rough-Neural Computing Techniques for Computing with Words Sankar K. Pal, Lech Polkowski and Andrzej Skowron(Eds.)Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2004

Edited Conference Proceedings:

  1. Intelligent Agent Technology (2004 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference)Ning Zhong, Jeffrey Bradshaw, Sankar K. Pal, Domenico Talia, Jiming Liu, and Nick Cerrone (Eds.)IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, California, USA,  2004

  2. Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (First International Conference, PREMI 2005, Proceedings) Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3776 Sankar K. Pal, Sanghamitra Bandhyopadhyay, and Sambhunath Biswas (Eds.)Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg 2005

  3. Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (Second International Conference, PREMI 2007, Proceedings) Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4815 Ashish Ghosh, Rajat K. De and Sankar K. Pal (Eds.)Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg 2007

  4. Fuzzy Logic and Applications(8th International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Applications) Series: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 5571Vito Di Gesu, Sankar K. Pal and Alfredo Petrosino (Eds.)Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg 2009

  5. Signal Processing, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition (2009 International Conference on Signal Processing, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition, SIP 2009, Proceedings)

  6. Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (Third International Conference, PREMI 2009, Proceedings)


Sankar K. Pal is the Director and a Distinguished Scientist of the Indian Statistical Institute. Currently, he is also a J.C. Bose Fellow of the Govt. of India. He founded the Machine Intelligence Unit and the Center for Soft Computing Research: A National Facility in the Institute in Calcutta. He received a Ph.D. in Radio Physics and Electronics from the University of Calcutta in 1979, and another Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering along with DIC from Imperial College, University of London in 1982.

He worked at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Maryland, College Park in 1986-87; the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas in 1990-92 & 1994; and in US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC in 2004. Since  1997 he has been serving as a Distinguished Visitor of IEEE Computer Society (USA) for the Asia-Pacific Region, and held several visiting positions in Hong Kong and Australian universities.

Prof. Pal is a Fellow of the IEEE, USA, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Italy, International  Association for Pattern recognition, USA, International Association of Fuzzy Systems, USA, and all the four National  Academies for Science/Engineering in India. He is a co-author of fourteen books and more than three hundred research   publications in the areas of Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Image Processing, Data Mining and Web Intelligence,  Soft Computing, Neural Nets, Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy Sets, Rough Sets and Bioinformatics.

He has received the 1990 S.S. Bhatnagar Prize (which is the most coveted award for a scientist in India), and many prestigious awards in India and abroad including the 1999 G.D. Birla Award, 1998 Om Bhasin Award, 1993 Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, 2000 Khwarizmi International Award from the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2000-2001 FICCI Award, 1993 Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, 1993 NASA Tech Brief Award (USA), 1994 IEEE Trans. Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award (USA), 1995 NASA Patent Application Award (USA), 1997 IETE-R.L. Wadhwa Gold Medal, the 2001 INSA-S.H. Zaheer Medal, 2005-06 ISC-P.C. Mahalanobis Birth Centenary Award (Gold Medal) for Lifetime Achievement, 2007 J.C. Bose Fellowship of the Government of India and 2008 Vigyan Ratna Award from Science & Culture Organization, West Bengal.

Prof. Pal is/was an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (2002-06),  IEEE Trans. Neural Networks [1994-98 & 2003-2006], Neurocomputing (1995-2005), Pattern Recognition Letters,  Int. J. Pattern Recognition & Artificial Intelligence, Applied Intelligence, Information Sciences, Fuzzy Sets and Systems,  Fundamenta Informaticae, LNCS Trans. On Rough Sets, Int. J. Computational Intelligence and Applications,  IET Image Processing, J. Intelligent Information Systems, and Proc. INSA-A; Editor-in-Chief, Int. J. Signal Processing,  Image Processing and Pattern Recognition; a Book Series Editor, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications,  IOS Press, and Statistical Science and Interdisciplinary Research, World Scientific; a Member,  Executive Advisory Editorial Board, IEEE Trans. Fuzzy Systems, Int. Journal on Image and Graphics, and Int. Journal of  Approximate Reasoning; and a Guest Editor of IEEE Computer.


  1. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 1990 in Engineering Sciences. (This is the most coveted award for a scientist in India.)

  2. Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for the year 1993.

  3. Hari Om Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 1993 in Electronics /Telecommunication / Informatics /Automation. picture

  4. NASA Space Act Tech Brief Award from NASA Inventions and Contributions Board, U.S.A., 1993.

  5. 1994 Outstanding Paper Award from IEEE Neural Networks Council (USA).

  6. Patent Application Award from NASA, Invention and Contribution Board, USA, 1995.

  7. Distinguished Speaker of IEEE Computer Society (USA) for Asia Pacific Region, 1997.

  8. Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal for the year 1997 from IETE, India.

  9. Om Prakash Bhasin Award for the year 1998 in Electronics & Information Technology.

  10. G. D. Birla Award for Scientific Research for the year 1999. picture

  11. Khwarizmi International Award (1st winner) from the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2000.

  12. FICCI Award for the year 2000-2001 in Engineering and Technology.

  13. INSA-S.H. Zaheer Medal for the year 2001.

  14. P.C. Mahalanobis Birth Centenary Award (Gold Medal) for Lifetime Achievement, from Indian Science Congress, 2005-06. picture

  15. J. C. Bose Fellowship for outstanding performance and contributions, from the Government of India, administered by its Department of Science and Technology, 2007.

  16. Vigyan Ratna Award for the great contribution to the Nation on Science (recognised as the great tourch bearer of the tradition of glory of Bengal), from Science and Culture Organization, West Bengal, 2008.

  17. Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA.

  18. Fellow, The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Italy.

  19. Fellow, The International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), USA.

  20. Fellow, International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA), USA.

  21. Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (FNA).

  22. Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc).

  23. Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc).

  24. Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE).

  25. INSA-JSPS (Government of Japan) Fellowship in 1996.

  26. National Research Council - NASA (Government of U.S.A.) Senior Research Award in 1989.

  27. Fulbright Post-Doctoral Visiting Award (Government of U.S.A) in 1986.

  28. Medical Research Council (Government of U.K.) Post-Doctoral Award in 1981.

  29. Commonwealth Scholarship (Government of U.K.) in 1979.

  30. Best Production Award in the 7th World Book Fair, New Delhi, 1986 to his book Fuzzy Mathematical Approach to Pattern Recognition, John Wiley and Sons (Halsted Press), N.Y., 1986.

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