Ankur Chattopadhyay started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Information and Computing Sciences. Ankur is a computer scientist, whose research work is focused on the topic of privacy in video surveillance. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of computer science at the University of Colorado (UCCS). He is presently finishing his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Terry Boult. His research interests include computer vision, pattern recognition, security, image processing-analysis and computer science education. He has more than ten years of experience in both academics and industry. He has published and presented in international conferences like ACM SIGCSE, IEEE CVPR and IEEE FIE. He has also been the recipient of a couple of funding awards and is associated with a NSF grant based research collaboration. As an academician, his passion is teaching computer science, conducting research in security & surveillance and applying his research to improve computer science education. His teaching interests include a wide variety of courses in computer science, especially in the area of security, programming and algorithms. He will be teaching two programming courses – Advanced Software Design (Comp Sci 316) and Advanced Object Oriented Design (Comp Sci 371) in fall 2014.
Ankur is originally from Kolkata in India, where he did his undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor of technology in computer engineering. He has worked in the IT industry for 5 years (2001 – 2006) as a computer consultant with companies like GMAC RFC and AIG Insurance. His industry profile includes multiple positions such as IT analyst, software engineer and embedded systems engineer with Tata Consultancy Services, a global tech organization. His academic job profile also includes different positions – an assistant professor in computer science at the Adams State University in Colorado (2012 Fall – 2014 Spring), a lecturer in the computer science and electrical & computer engineering departments at UCCS (2010 Spring – 2012 Spring) and an adjunct faculty in computer science with the Pikes Peak Community College at Colorado Springs (2012 Spring – 2012 Summer). He has been the recipient of the graduate teaching fellowship award (2007 – 2009) in the computer science department at UCCS. Having joined UWGB in Fall 2014, Ankur aspires to grow further as an educator and a researcher.
Education: PhD in Computer Science, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Expected Spring 2015); MS in Computer Science, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Fall 2014); Grad Certification in Information Assurance & Security, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (2012); B.Tech in Computer Engineering, Kalyani University, West Bengal, India (Graduated in 2001)