Dr. Pradeep Atrey
Dr. Pradeep K. Atrey            [Brief bio] [Full CV]

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Co-Director, Albany Lab for Privacy and Security (ALPS)
Department of Computer Science
College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering
University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)
UAB 421, 1215 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12222, USA, The Earth, The Universe
Phone: 518-437-4943, Fax: 518-442-5638
Email: first letter of first name plus last name at albany dot edu

Affiliated Faculty, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, University at Albany
Faculty Fellow, Center for Technology in Government (CTG UAlbany)
What's new
  • [1/2024] Our paper titled "Concept drift challenge in multimedia anomaly detection: A case study with facial datasets" is accepted at Elsevier Signal Processing: Image Communication Journal.
  • [10/2023] Prof. Pradeep Atrey was recognized for Outstanding Contributions as Technical Program Chair at the 31st ACM Int. Conf. on Multimedia (ACMMM23) in Ottawa, Canada.
  • [10/2023] Prof. Pradeep Atrey was invited to visit and deliver an invited talk at Center for Design and New Media, IIIT Delhi.
  • [8/2023] Prof. Pradeep Atrey was invited to visit and deliver an invited talk at the Advanced Research and Technology Innovation Center at National University of Singapore (NUS).
  • [8/2023] Our paper titled "SecureC2Edit: A framework for secure collaborative and concurrent document editing" is accepted at IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC).
  • [7/2023] Our paper titled "A multi-stage bias reduction framework for eye gaze detection" is accepted at IEEE MIPR'23.

    For past news, click here.

Education [More details]
- Ph.D. (Computer Science), School of Computing, National University of Singapore (2006). (Ranked among top 6 schools in the world in computer science as per the QS World University Rankings 2023)

Research Interests [More details] [Google Scholar Profile]
Motive: My scholarly endeavors has consistently revolved around innovating scientific solutions to offer individuals a sense of security and privacy, addressing two crucial perspectives: i) safeguarding people's safety while preserving their privacy, and ii) shielding individuals' data from adversaries while ensuring its usefulness.
Specific focus: My current research interests are in the area of security and privacy with a focus on secure-domain cloud-based large-scale multimedia analytics (i.e., encrypted domain processing, cleaning, editing, searching and deduplication of multimedia data), media-rich disinformation detection, forensics, and mitigation, applied cryptography, and social media analysis.

Current Research Students [Former students]
- Omkar Kulkarni (Ph.D. Candidate) [Bias-Aware Gaze Uniformity Detection and Correction in Group Images]
- Sharmilee Rajkumar (Ph.D. Student) [Topic: TBD]
Recent Ph.D. Graduates
- Shashank Arora (Ph.D.) [Frameworks for Secure Collaborative and Concurrent Editing]
- Oguz Aranay (Ph.D.) [Deep Active Genetic with Evidential Uncertainty for Agriculture Crops and Water Quality Assessment]

Recent Publications [Full list of publications]
- P. Kumari, P. Choudhary, V. Kujur, P. K. Atrey, and Mukesh Saini. Concept drift challenge in multimedia anomaly detection: A case study with facial datasets. Elsevier Signal Processing: Image Communication Journal (2024) (Accepted).
- S. Arora and P. K. Atrey. SecureC2Edit: A framework for secure collaborative and concurrent document editing. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC) (Early Access Available, DOI: 10.1109/TDSC.2023.3302810)
- O. Kulkarni, S. Arora, A. Mishra, V. K. Singh, and P. K. Atrey. A multi-stage bias reduction rramework for eye gaze detection. MIPR'23: IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Information Processing ad Retrieval, Singapore, August 2023.
- Yue Zhou, Bing Fan, Feng Ding, and P. K. Atrey. Exposing deepfakes using dual-channel network with multi-axis attention and frequency analysis. IH&MMSec'23: ACM Workshop on Information Hiding and Multimedia Security, Chicago, IL, USA, June 2023.
- D. Ramesh, R. Mishra, P. K. Atrey, D.R. Edla, S. Mishra, and L. Qi. Blockchain based efficient tamper-proof EHR storage for decentralized cloud-assisted storage. Elsevier Alexandria Engineering Journal, 68:205-226 (2023).

Recent Professional Activities [Past professional activities]
Editorial Boards
- [2019-present] Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. on Multimedia.
- [2012-present] Associate Editor for ACM Trans. on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications.
- [2016-present] Associate Editor for Elsevier Signal Processing: Image Communication Journal.
- [2010-present] Editor for the Wiley ETRI Journal.
Conference Organization
- Area Chair, ACMMM'24: ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Melbourne, Australia, October 2024.
- Publicity Chair, AVSS'24: 20th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-Based Surveillance, Niagara Falls, Canada, July 2024.
- Program Co-chair, MM'23: ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Ottawa, Canada, October 2023.
- Program Co-chair, MIPR'23: The 6th IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval, Singapore, August 2023.
- Special Session Co-chair, ICME'23: IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, Brisbane, Australia, July 2023.
- TPC Member, ICASSP'22: IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Rhodes Island, Greece, June 2023.
- TPC Member, ICMR'23: ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval, Thessaloniki, Greece, June 2023.
- Advisory Board Member, ICA'23: International Conference on Agriculture-Centric Computation, Ropar, India, May 2023.

Teaching [Past teaching]
Spring 2024
ICSI-499 Capstone Project in Computer Science
ICSI-526/426 Cryptography

Awards & Honours
- Recognized for Outstanding Contributions as Technical Program Chair at the 31st ACM Int. Conf. on Multimedia (ACMMM23) in Ottawa, Canada.Click here for photo.
- Outstanding Area Editor Award for service at the Signal Processing: Image Communication Journal (2022). Click here for photo.
- Best Paper Award: GeoSecure-R: Secure computation of geographical distance using region-anonymized GPS data. The Sixth IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Big Data (BigMM) (2020). Click here for photo.
- Plaque of Appreciation on completing 10 years of service on the editorial board of ETRI Journal. Click here for photo.
- Outstanding Service Award for service at the 2017 IEEE SMC Conference. [photo] (2018)
- Best Paper Award: Browshing: A new way of phishing using a malicious browser extension. IEEE Int. Conf. on Innovations in Power and Advanced Computing Technologies (i-PACT'17), Vellore, India (2017)
- IEEE Comm. Soc. MMTC Best R-Letter Editor Award (2015) [Photo]
- ACM TOMM Associate Editor of the Year (2015) [Award ceremony video]
- Multimedia Rising Star at the ACM SIGMM Inaugural Workshop on Multimedia Frontiers (2015)
- Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship (2014)
- UWinnipeg President's Merit Award for Exceptional Performance (2012-13)
- IEEE ICME Outstanding Organizing Committee Member (as Publicity Chair) (2013)
- UWinnipeg President's Merit Award for Exceptional Performance (2011-12)
- UWinnipeg President's Merit Award for Exceptional Performance (2009-10)
- Best Editor Award (2012), ETRI Journal
- Best Reviewer Award (2009), ETRI Journal
- IEEE ICME Quality Reviewer Recognition (2011)

Media Coverage
- [12/2018] NPR (WAMC) - Academic Minutes: Prof. Atrey appeared on NPR (WAMC) - Academic Minutes and talked about a new way to fight fake news. To listen, click "here".
- [07/2018] UAlbany News: Prof. Atrey and his student Vikram Patil were featured in UAlbany News "A Safer Way to Share Your Location" featuring their recent work on GPS location privacy.
- [06/2018] UAlbany News: Prof. Atrey and his student Shivam Parikh were featured in UAlbany News "Fake News Detector" featuring their recent work on fake news detection research.
- [02/2018] Experian: Prof. Atrey offered his insight in an article "Fighting Back Against Tax ID Fraud" on experian.com, about the importance of keeping different passwords for different accounts.
- [02/2018] UAlbany News: Prof. Atrey was featured in UAlbany News "Protect Yourself: February is Data Privacy Month, a Good Reminder to Check Your Online Security" offering his advice on identity theft protection.
- [08/2017] BYU Radio: Prof. Atrey appeared on the Matt Townsend show of BYU Radio and talked about modern ATM security. Here is the interview.
- [06/2017] The Conversation US: Prof. Atrey weighs in on security issues and concerns of modern ATMs as they turn fifty. Read his article in The Conversation US.
- [04/2017] CSOonline: Tech journalist John Brandon, quotes Prof. Pradeep Atrey in his article titled "How to deal with the bot crisis on Twitter" published on the CSO. (full article can be accessed by entering 'patrey@albany.edu' in the email address box)
- [02/2017] Fox News Fox News runs story quoting Pradeep Atrey on "How AI fights the war against fake news".
- [06/2016] Times Union Prof. Atrey emphasizes the importance of teaching computer science to children at early stage in an article titled Class is key to cracking the code published in Times Union.

Grants
- New York State Grant (2014-2024)
- NSERC Discovery Grant (2009-2015)
- KSA Research Grant (2011-2013)
- Canadian DFAIT Grants (2009,10,11,12)
- UWinnipeg Research Grant (2008-10, 2012)
- UWinnipeg Startup Grant (2008-2011)
- UWinnipeg Travel Grant (2008)

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