The Young Investigating Kgpian

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Kgpian Dr. Piya Pal has been conferred with 2019 Young Investigators Award by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). She has been to the group for her work in ‘New Unified Framework for Super-Resolution Imaging with Prior Information.’

Dr. Pal graduated with B.Tech. in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 2007 and went on to pursue Ph.D. from CalTech funded under Atwood Fellowship. She is at present Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to this Pal was Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her research interests broadly include Sparse Sampling Strategies and Parameter Identifiability, Statistical Signal Processing, Antenna Array Processing with Application in Radar Signal Processing, Sparse Representation, Reconstruction and Learning.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program aims to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy’s Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Dr. Pal is among the twenty-five talented researchers who have been selected for the 2019 Young Investigator Award with three Indian American including Pal.

ONR is an executive branch agency within the Department of Defense. It provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy.

By Shreyoshi Ghosh


  • Krishna Kumar Agrawal -

    Dr. Piya Pal is an example of motivation for translational research in Engineering/ Architectural Science having close application and linkage to contemporary Industry requirement and application in the country. Adequate and sutained efforts will cause this to happen since IIT-KGP has high potential of her teaching pedagogy & faculty Students interaction. I remember of 1959-63 and later my research period of 1-1/2 yearsin 1964-65.
    May be some teaching course contents/ methodology/ pedagogy plus industry linkage reviews at every 5 years periodicity are required to make our UG and PG programmes to be directly useful to Industry without a large complimentary / supplimentary teaching and Training after employment. In Civil Engineering, I feel specially, is greatly required. May Almighty Bless and add higher Wings to my Alma Matre, IIT-KGP. This conclusion I have summed up and remedy proposed in my writing after my long Industry and research experience in Central Govt., as private corporate sector entrepreneur and having taught extensive PG level comprehensive programmes in a) Advanced Structural Engineering & Analysis /Designing of complex systems, and b) Construction Management.

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