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Kannappan Palaniappan Associate Professor


Kannappan Palaniappan is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department. He has received several notable awards including the NASA Public Service Medal for pioneering contributions to scientific visualization, the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, the Boeing Welliver Summer Faculty Fellowship and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, he co-founded the Visualization and Analysis Lab that has produced a number of spectacular Digital Earth visualizations used by search engines (BlueMarble), museums, magazines and broadcast television. He is co-inventor of the Interactive Image SpreadSheet for handling large multispectral imagery, and he developed the first massively parallel semi-fluid cloud motion analysis algorithm using geostationary satellite imagery. Research projects have been funded by National Institutes of Health, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA, the National Science Foundation and others.┬áHis current interests include computer vision, multicore image processing, machine learning, data visualization, biomedical and microscopy image analysis.

Technical Focus

  • Biomedical image and video analysis
  • Data mining and visualization
  • Computer vision and pattern recognition


  • PhD from the University of Illinois
  • MA Sc. and BA Sc. from the University of Waterloo