Dr. Tinku Acharya, FIEEE, FNAE, Founder & MD
Dr. Tinku Acharya is the Founder and Managing Director of Videonetics. He received his B.Sc. (Honors in Physics), B.Tech and M.Tech in Computer Science from University of Calcutta and his PhD in Computer Science from University of Central Florida, USA. He is a Fellow of IEEE, INAE, IETE and other institutions.
Dr. Acharya is an inventor, entrepreneur and internationally acclaimed technologist. He is an inventor of more than 150 granted patents in electronic imaging, data compression, multimedia computing, computer vision, intelligent video and VLSI architectures. He contributed to over 100 technical papers published in international journals, conferences and book chapters. He is author of 4 books - (i) Image Processing: Principles and Applications (Wiley, New Jersey, USA, 2005), (ii) JPEG2000 Standard for Image Compression: Concepts, Algorithms, and VLSI Architectures (Wiley, USA 2004), (iii) Information Technology: Principles and Applications (Prentice-Hall India, 2004), and (iv) Data Mining: Multimedia, Soft Computing and Bioinformatics (Wiley, USA, 2003).
Dr. Acharya was elevated to the ‘Fellow of IEEE’ in 2010 for his "contributions to the advancement of very large scale integration algorithms and architectures for electronic image processing." He is a Fellow of many other societies. Dr. Acharya is recipient of "2009 NASI - Reliance Platinum Jubilee Award for innovation in Physical Sciences" from National Academy of Science in India and the first innovator to receive this prestigious award from Indian industry. He is recipient of the "1st Acharya P. C. Ray Memorial Award for distinguished achievements in Science and Entrepreneurship" from Institute of Pulmocare and Research (2010). He received the "Outstanding Engineer" award from IEEE Southwest Region, USA and "Engineer of the Year" award from IEEE Phoenix, USA in 2008. He was recognized as the 'Most Prolific Inventor' in Intel Corporation (worldwide) in 1999 & 2001 and in Intel Arizona site for five consecutive years (1997 to 2001).
As a Principal Engineer in Intel Corporation (USA), Dr. Acharya led several R&D teams to develop electronic imaging systems, digital camera, reprographics architecture for color photo-copiers, high performance microprocessor, etc. He developed the key 'image processing chain' and related algorithms to pragmatically map them into a small foot-print silicon for the first dual-mode digital camera (the first 'Webcam' from Intel). His works significantly influenced the design of digital cameras in early days and paved the successful transition of analog to today’s digital photography. His work was the foundation of the MXP5800/5400 processor from Intel, capable of processing 10 BOPS that enabled successful implementation of a set of Internet capable photocopiers from Xerox and Fuji-Xerox.
His works in VLSI mapping of 'Lifting' based Discrete Wavelet Transformation with reduced computation is pioneering. The versatile architectural framework to design the very 'first' VLSI architecture for JPEG2000 standard for image compression is well known in the literature. His JPEG2000 book is the only book used as a reference in academia and industry worldwide for both software and VLSI implementation of this standard. His work on the "coprocessor architecture for fast protein structure prediction" in bioinformatics is the first published VLSI architecture known in this domain.
Besides Intel Corporation, Dr. Acharya served in many organizations worldwide - AT&T Bell Laboratories, Institute of Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), University of Maryland at College Park (USA), Department of Electrical Engineering in Arizona State University (USA), Avisere Inc (Arizona, USA), Intellectual Ventures (Bangalore), visiting professor in Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur, etc. He collaborated with many institutions worldwide including Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Eastman Kodak, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Indian Statistical Institute, etc.
After returning from USA in 2008, he founded the R&D organization (Videonetics) with a mission to develop Indian technologies indigenously to solve challenging problems rich with Indian Intellectual Property and deploy world-class Indian technologies worldwide. Videonetics is now a global player to deliver its Intelligent Video Management Software and Intelligent Video Analytics based applications effective in various domains including Intelligent Traffic Management, Smart City Surveillance, Retail Analytics, Critical Infrastructure Surveillance, etc.
Dr. Acharya served in the US National Body of JPEG2000 standard committee (1998-2002) in International Standard Organization (ISO) for definition of this scalable image compression standard. His research interests are in various domains including intelligent video analytics, intelligent surveillance, image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition and related VLSI and systems architectures.