Domain of Research: Machine Learning, Computer Vision and AI
After obtaining the Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from University of Surrey in 2011, Varuna worked as a work package leader of a Large Scale Integrated Project "ROMEO" funded by the European Commission. During the time he was with University of Surrey, both as a Ph.D. student and as a research fellow, he developed a highly significant publication record in the area of image and video processing, which includes 12 highly cited IEEE Transactions, and an IEEE consumer electronic society award. To pursue a career in the industry, in November 2013, he joined Apical Ltd, where he worked as a new algorithms developer for imaging and display systems to be run on efficient hardware platforms. The algorithms he developed are realized in nearly 500 million devices around the globe, and a patented technology for CMOS cameras, for which he is the lead inventor will appear in nearly 90% of CCTV cameras in the world. Since May 2016, he assumed duties as a lecturer in digital engineering at Loughborough University, where he is currently leading a team of senior researchers and post graduate students in smart systems and teaches modules in high-dimensional signal processing and applied data science. He is the recipient of two EPSRC grants in the area of next generation machine intelligence, and complementary industrial funding. He currently has active industrial collaborations with Royal Mail, Chelsea Football Club, Dallas Mavericks (USA/NBA) and NewsUK, and academic research collaborations with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Access, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK, and a Member of BCS and IET.