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Prof. Mukesh Kumar Rohil

Professor, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems, Data Mining and Business Analytics, Computer Networks, Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
Room No. 6120-H
Department of Computer Science & Information Systems
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Pilani - 333031, Rajasthan, India

Mukesh Kumar Rohil is a Professor of Computer Science & Information Systems (CSIS) at BITS Pilani. He leads the Kalipatnapu Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Lab and the Multimedia and Human-Computer Interaction Lab there. He holds a Ph.D. (2004) in Computer Science & Engineering and an M.E. (1995) in Systems & Information from the Department of CSIS, BITS Pilani. Earlier, he graduated (1993) with a B.E. (Hons.) in Civil Engineering and an M.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics from BITS Pilani under its Dual Degree Programme. Prof. Rohil's research interests are wide-ranging and span a broad spectrum of domains. His research mainly focuses on Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia, Extended Reality, Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, and Software Engineering, and his secondary research interests include Data Mining, Business Analytics, and Computer Networks. He has been a key member driving excellence in the Off-Campus Programmes and Industry Engagement for BITS Pilani.

Prof. Rohil's research has been funded by the government as well as industries in India and abroad. He has received sanction for the grant on “Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of SMEs through Incubators” from the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India, New Delhi, and has completed a minor research project funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India, New Delhi. He has executed and coordinated several industry-sponsored research and developmental projects for the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) of BITS Pilani. He has executed the sponsored TIC projects titled “Enhanced Training Capabilities through Video ‘YouTube like’ Technology” for Sabre Travel Network, Bengaluru (Subsidiary of Sabre Corporation, Southlake, TX, USA), and “Augmented Reality for Maintenance and Repair” and “Semantic Technology Research” for John Deere, Pune, besides coordinating few other sponsored TIC projects for Sabre Travel Network, Bengaluru and RedMed Health Systems, Bengaluru. Dr. Rohil has also completed a couple of externally funded consultancy projects pertaining to Management Information Systems, apart from accomplishing several in-house projects at BITS Pilani. Having published a number of research papers (~60) in several refereed international/national journals, conferences, conventions, workshops, and symposia of repute published/organized by ACM, IEEE, Springer, Taylor & Francis, ISPRS, IET, ISRS, and Indian Buildings Congress amongst others, Prof. Rohil has been an active reviewer to leading journals like IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer), Applied Sciences (MDPI), Symmetry (MDPI), and Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (Springer). He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Professional Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Life Member of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, and a Life Member of the Indian Society for Technical Education. He has delivered several invited keynote and research talks at national venues. He has independently supervised three Ph.D. students, and is currently supervising five doctoral scholars. He has also (been) proactively served (serving) as a Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) Member for seven Ph.D. students, and has been an external examiner for several doctoral theses and master's degree dissertations. He has supervised more than 40 Higher Degree Dissertations/Research Practices/Studies in Advanced Topics and 150 First Degree Theses/Projects, and has taught varied courses (27 in total) in CSIS and allied interdisciplinary areas over time at BITS Pilani.

As Nucleus Member of Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) Division for over 14 years till August 2018, Prof. Rohil was entrusted to accomplish multi-skilled tasks pertaining to software development, managing a multi-site IT infrastructure for about 150 employees and 20,000 students, and as a proactive team member responsible for delivering superior quality, customer-focused, and industry-aligned academic IT services. As Lead for the Task Force on WILP Process Excellence Imperative under BITS Pilani's Mission 2012 - Vision 2020, he envisioned and led the innovative creation (from idea to implementation) of ‘E-Assess’, the first-of-a-kind digital scanning and evaluation solution, which transformed the scenario of evaluation for WILP and remains till date a benchmark for fully-digital evaluation of like volumes of answer-booklets. He also led the team that designed and developed one of BITS Pilani's finest and largest Management Information Systems for its WILP Division (then Distance Learning Programmes Division) during 1996-1998. Being a proactive member contributing to the growth of the off-campus programmes, industry personnel training, and delivering robust software solutions for process excellence, Prof. Rohil has been highly instrumental in fostering the Off-Campus Programmes and Industry Engagement for BITS Pilani.