Anil K. Jain (computer scientist, born 1948)

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Anil K. Jain
Born1948 (1948)
Alma mater
Scientific career
FieldsPattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Biometrics
Notable students
  • Chitra Dorai (IBM Fellow)
  • Patrick Flynn (University of Notre Dame)
  • Brendan Klare (CEO, Rank One Computing)
  • JC Mao (CVP, Microsoft)
  • Anoop Namboodiri (IIIT Hyderabad)
  • Sharath Pankanti (IBM)
  • Salil Prabhakar (General Manager, Delta ID Inc.)
  • Arun Ross (Michigan State University)

Anil K. Jain (born 1948) is an Indian-American computer scientist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Michigan State University, known for his contributions in the fields of pattern recognition, computer vision and biometric recognition.[1][2] Based on his Google Scholar profile, he has an h-index of 185,[3] which is the highest among computer scientists identified in a survey published by UCLA professor Jens Palsberg.[4]


Born in India, Anil K. Jain received his Bachelor of Technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1969. He received his MS and PhD from the Ohio State University in 1970 and 1973, respectively. Jain taught at Wayne State University from 1972 to 1974 and joined the faculty of Michigan State University in 1974, where he is currently a University Distinguished Professor.

Jain is an ISI Highly Cited researcher. In 2016, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and Indian National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to the engineering and practice of biometrics". In 2007, he received the W. Wallace McDowell Award, the highest technical honor awarded by the IEEE Computer Society, for his pioneering contributions to theory, technique, and practice of pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition systems. He has also received numerous other awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, Humboldt Research Award, IAPR Pierre Devijver Award, Fulbright Fellowship, IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award, IAPR King-Sun Fu Prize, and IEEE ICDM Research Contribution Award. He is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS,[5] IAPR and SPIE. He also received best paper awards from the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (1996) and the Pattern Recognition journal (1987, 1991, and 2005).

He served as a member of the U.S. National Academies panels on Information Technology, Whither Biometrics and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). He also served as a member of the Defense Science Board, Forensic Science Standards Board, and AAAS Latent Fingerprint Working Group.

Notable publications[edit]

  • 1988. Algorithms For Clustering Data. With Richard C. Dubes. Prentice Hall.
  • 1993. Markov Random Fields: Theory and Applications. With Rama Chellappa eds. Academic Press.
  • 1999. Biometrics: Personal Identification in Networked Society. With Ruud M. Bolle and Sharath Pankanti eds. Springer.
  • 2003. Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition. (2nd edition 2008). With D. Maio, D. Maltoni, S. Prabhakar. Springer.
  • 2005. Handbook of Face Recognition. (2nd edition 2011). With S. Z. Li ed. Springer.
  • 2006. Handbook of Multibiometrics. With A. Ross and K. Nandakumar. Springer.
  • 2007. Handbook of Biometrics. With P. Flynn and A. Ross eds. Springer.
  • 2011. Introduction to Biometrics. With A. Ross and K. Nandakumar. Springer.
  • 2015. Encyclopedia of Biometrics (Second Edition). With Stan Li. Springer.
Research Articles
Survey Articles


  1. ^ Anil K. Jain homepage at Michigan State University. Accessed September 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Anil K. Jain at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Anil K. Jain publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Palsberg, Jens, The h index for computer science, UCLA Dept. of Computer Science, October 28, 2014. Accessed January 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "AAAS Fellows" (PDF). American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved March 13, 2015.

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