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Ioannis A. Kakadiaris

Director, CBL

Director, BTI Institute

 Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor

         University of Houston

Professor Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Houston (UH). As director of the BTI Institute, Ioannis oversees multiple projects, undertaken by eighteen partners across eight states and the District of Columbia. This portfolio focuses on homeland security enterprise research, education, and workforce development by studying complex, multi-disciplinary issues related to flows of people, goods and data across borders.


Ioannis is a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston. He joined UH in August 1997 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Athens in Greece, his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Northeastern University and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.


Ioannis is an international expert in biometrics, data / video analytics, and biomedical computing. His team has made contributions in the areas of 3D face (and ear) recognition, 3D-aided 2D Face Recognition, 2D-2D Face Recognition, and profile-based face recognition. The team’s 3D-3D face recognition software ranked first in the 3D-shape section of the 2007 Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) organized by NIST, while their 3D-2D method outperforms the state of the art 2D face recognition methods. Currently, team researchers are addressing critical challenges including low resolution data, indoor/outdoor illumination, accurate landmark and pose estimation, cross-resolution matching, and score normalization. He has more than 300 publications in international journals and conferences in biometrics, computer vision, pattern recognition, and biomedical computing. He holds twelve US patents. His articles have more than 7,160 citations according to Google Scholar and his H-index (as of January 2018) is 41.


While serving as Associate Chairman of the UH Department of Computer Science, he focused on changing the culture in terms of leads for customer discovery, created three international collaborations with associated internships, and worked with the staff to streamline administrative processes. As founder and director of the Computational Biomedicine Lab, he has successfully directed research funding of more than $17M, advised and co-advised more than 50 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students. Ioannis is the co-founder of the Pumps and Pipes initiative which examines the cross-domain innovation in medicine, oil industry and aerospace. In the ten years since its launch, the initiative’s events have been attended by 2,240 people from 40 states and 57 countries, and streamed on the web more than 23,500 times.


In addition to winning the UH Computer Science Research Excellence Award twice, Ioannis has been recognized for his work with several distinguished honors, including the NSF Early Career Development Award, the Schlumberger Technical Foundation Award, the UH Enron Teaching Excellence Award, and the James Muller Vulnerable Plaque Young Investigator Prize. His research has also been featured on Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, KPRC NBC News, KTRH ABC News, and KHOU CBS News.