B. Prabhakaran

Professor Of Computer Science,
Associate Vice President for Research Centers and Institutes, Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), The University Of Texas At Dallas.

With multi-faceted experience in inter-disciplinary research, managing large research programs and federal public policy, Prof. B. Prabhakaran works on two overlapping research areas:

  • MIXR: Multimodal, Interactive eXtended Reality (MIXR) for understanding and quantifying human performance. Understanding and quantification of human performance can in turn help in multiple ways: better human-computer interaction (HCI), improved training, rehabilitation, adaptive techniques to overcome deficit sensorial perceptions (such as phantom pain, speech, and hearing impairments).
  • HDSS: AI-based Healthcare Decision Support Systems (AI-HDSS) are increasingly being used for clinical decision support, remote monitoring, and self-management of various healthcare conditions such as cardio-metabolic diseases, physical medicine & rehabilitation, speech pathology & treatment, and radiation oncology.

In the past, he has worked on multimedia databases, authoring & presentation, resource management, and scalable web-based multimedia presentation servers. He has published several research papers in prestigious conferences and journals in this area.

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Dr. Prabhakaran received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award FY 2003 for his proposal on Animation Databases. . He was selected as an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011 and is currently an IEEE Senior Member. He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia from 2015-2020. Prabhakaran is a founding Associate Editor for Springer’s Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research and is an Editor for Elsevier Journal, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. He is Member of the Editorial board of Multimedia Systems Journal (Springer), Multimedia Tools and Applications journal (Springer), and other multimedia systems journals. He received the Best Associate Editor for 2015, from Springer’s Multimedia Systems Journal.

Dr Prabhakaran is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE MultiMedia . He is a Member of the Executive Council of the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) and is the Co-Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing (TCMC) Special Interest Group on Video Analytics (SIGVA). Dr. Prabhakaran served the General Co-Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Health Informatics (ICHI) 2015. He was also a General Co-Chair of ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval 2013 (ICMR 2013), IEEE Haptic, Audio, and Visual Environments (HAVE) 2014, a General Co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2011, and ACM Multimedia and Security (MM&Sec) 2007. Prof Prabhakaran's research has been funded by Federal Agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA Army Research Office (ARO), and the US-IGNITE Program, apart from industries and consortiums.

Professional Experience




Associate Vice President for Research Centers and Institutes,  Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) 

University of Texas at Dallas

B. Prabhakaran is currently an Associate Vice President for Research Centers and  

Institutes at Office of Research and Innovation (ORI). He Supports the annual evaluation of Centers and Institutes receiving support from the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), Identifies and cultivates new synergistic opportunities for Centers and Institutes at the University, Facilitates research collaborations with institutions within and outside of Texas where Center and Institute synergies may emerge. He Works with Center and Institute leadership to cultivate federal and non-federal funding opportunities. He also Participates in goal and vision setting for ORI as a member of the leadership team and provides mentoring to faculty for the pursuit of federal funding.

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Professor, Department of Computer Science

University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. B. Prabhakaran is Professor of Computer Science, in the University of Texas at Dallas.

He has served as Director, PhD Studies, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, 2010 – 2018. Managing around 150 to 200 PhD students, with responsibilities including recruitment, funding (scholarship/ assistantships selection), curriculum, qualifying examination, and mentoring. He has organized several Doctoral Symposiums through ACM and IEEE for advising and mentoring PhD students for their research and career. He has served as a member of various Department, School of Engineering & Computer Science, and University level administrative committees.

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Program Director, Human Centered Computing

National Science Foundation

B. Prabhakaran is currently a Program Director in the Human Centered Computing (HCC)

program of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division of the CISE (Computer and Information Science and Engineering) Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is also involved with National AI (Artificial Intelligence) Research Institutes, Fairness in Artificial Intelligence (Fair AI), Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Secure and Trustworthy Computing (SaTC), Science Techonology Center (STC) and Smart & Connected Health (SCH).

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Associate Professor Department of Computer Science

University of Texas at Dallas


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Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science

University of Texas at Dallas


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Assistant Professor School of Computing

National University of Singapore


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Research Associate Department of Computer Science

University of Maryland


Prof Prabhakaran's research has been funded by Federal Agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and USA Army Research Office (ARO). He was the Principal Investogator of a $2.4 million NSF research grant that involves 8 researchers from different disciplines. This research project explored multi-modality in 3D Tele-Immersion. He has also received generous research funding from industries, research laboratories and consortiums such as QuEST Forum, Texas Instruments, Alcatel-Lucent, Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Texas Medical (TexMed) Consortium. In effect, Prof Prabhakaran has contributed to nearly $10 million in research funding in the last several years.

News on my Research

DECEMBER 4, 2022

UT Dallas researchers are using virtual reality to help amputees with phantom limb pain

The technology, called Mr. MAPP, helps people with limb loss retrain their brains by visualizing the missing body parts.

April 18, 2017

Prof Shares Research at Capitol Hill

Dr. Prabhakaran Balakrishnan, professor of computer science, and a team of researchers recently shared their work with U.S. congress and senate members in Washington D.C.

DECEMBER 1, 2022

Using Virtual Reality to Relieve Amputees' Phantom Limb Pain

Researchers at UTD are using VR and 3D technology to help relieve the phantom limb pains of veterans living with amputations.

May 03, 2017

Prof. Prabhakaran Shares 3D Immersive Tele-Rehabilitation Research at Capitol Hill

Via Jonsson School News – Dr. B. Prabhakaran, professor of computer science, and a team of researchers recently shared their work with U.S. congress and senate members in Washington D.C.

July 20, 2020

UT Dallas Researchers Lead the First-Ever Trans-Pacific Collaborative Mixed Reality Plant Walk

Dr. B. Prabhakaran, professor of computer science and director of the UT Dallas Multimedia and Computer Graphics Lab, and a team of researchers led the collaboration of the first-ever, trans-pacific collaborative plant walk.

June 09, 2015

Veterans will be first to try cyber physical therapy

The Internet has been transformational, changing how we communicate with friends and family, how we shop, and more recently, how we heal. Physical therapy is the latest treatment to be offered as telemedicine.

Sep 04, 2016

Texas veterans first to test new cyber rehab technology

Starting in November, 25 Dallas-area veterans will be the first to try cutting-edge rehabilitation technology designed to transmit sensations of physical touch over the Internet, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas who are leading the initial six-month trials.

February 05, 2013

Researchers Pushing the Boundaries of Virtual Reality

UT Dallas researchers are extending the borders of virtual reality, going beyond virtual spaces in which people can see and hear one another to an environment that adds the sense of touch.

February 10, 2009

Computer Scientist Tapped for Multimedia Expertise

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Multimedia has named UT Dallas computer scientist Balakrishnan Prabhakaran to its executive council and appointed him editor-in-chief of the organization’s online magazine.

October 10, 2005

U. T. Dallas Professor Receives Army Funding To Develop Tools for 3-D Data Management

RICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 10, 2005) — A researcher at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has won a grant from the United States Army to develop a tool that could detect and correct errors in 3-D animation models.

January 27, 2012

Computing Professor Named Distinguished Scientist

The Association for Computing Machinery recently named UT Dallas computer science professor Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran a Distinguished Scientist.

August 28, 2003

UTD Computer Science Professor Wins National Science Foundation Career Award

RICHARDSON, Texas (August 28, 2003) - Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, assistant professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been granted a Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his work with animation databases that eventually could aid the hearing impaired and have other potential applications.

Research Highlights

Collaborative Mixed Reality Systems and Applications
  • Mixed Reality for Phantom Pain Management
    • Kanchan Bahirat, Yu-Yen Chung, Thiru Annaswamy, Gargi Raval, Kevin Desai, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Michael Riegler: “Using Mr. MAPP for Lower Limb Phantom Pain Management”. ACM Multimedia 2019: 1071-1075
    • Kanchan Bahirat, Thiru Annaswamy, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran: “Mr.MAPP: Mixed Reality for MAnaging Phantom Pain”. ACM Multimedia 2017: 1558-1566
  • Haptic-Enabled Mixed Reality for Musculoskeletal Examination
    • A Borresen, C Wolfe, CK Lin, Y Tian, S Raghuraman, K Nahrstedt, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Thiru Annaswamy, “Usability of an immersive augmented reality based telerehabilitation system with haptics (Artesh) for synchronous remote musculoskeletal examination”, International journal of telerehabilitation 11 (1), 23, 2019.
    • Yuan Tian, Suraj Raghuraman, Thiru Annaswamy, Aleksander Borresen, Klara Nahrstedt, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, “H-TIME: Haptic-enabled Tele-Immersive Musculoskeletal Examination”, ACM Multimedia 2017: 137-145
    • Karthik Venkatraman, Suraj Raghuraman, Yuan Tian, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Klara Nahrstedt, Thiru Annaswamy,“Quantifying and Improving User Quality of Experience in Immersive Tele-Rehabilitation”, ISM 2014: 207-214
    • d. Ziying Tang, Xiaohu Guo, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran: Virtual rehabilitation system. IHI 2010: 833-836
  • In-Home Rehabilitation
    • Kevin Desai, Kanchan Bahirat, Sudhir Ramalingam, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Thiru Annaswamy, Una E. Makris, “Augmented reality-based exergames for rehabilitation”, ACM MMSys 2016: 22:1-22:10
  • Mixed Reality for Speech Impairment Rehabilitation
    • William Katz, Thomas F. Campbell, Jun Wang, Eric Farrar, J. Coleman Eubanks, Arvind Balasubramanian, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Rob Rennaker, “Opti-speech: a real-time, 3d visual feedback system for speech training”, INTERSPEECH 2014: 1174-1178
  • Collaborative Mixed Reality Tours
    • Shanthi Vellingiri, Ryan P. McMahan, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, “SCeVE: A Component-based Framework to Author Mixed Reality Tours”, ACM Trans. Multim. Comput. Commun. Appl. 16(2): 40:1-40:23 (2020)
    • Shanthi Vellingiri, Joseph White-Swift, Gi Vania, Brian Dourty, Satoru Okamoto, Naoaki Yamanaka, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, “Experience with a Trans-Pacific Collaborative Mixed Reality Plant Walk”, IEEE VR Workshops 2020: 238-245
  • Multimodal Virtual Laboratories
    • Kevin Desai, Uriel Haile Hernández Belmonte, Rong Jin, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Paul Diehl, Víctor Ayala-Ramírez, Vinu Johnson, Murry Gans, “Experiences with Multi-modal Collaborative Virtual Laboratory (MMCVL)”, BigMM 2017: 376-383
  • Incorporating Multiple RGB-D Cameras:
    • Kevin Desai , Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Suraj Raghuraman, “Combining skeletal poses for 3D human model generation using multiple kinects”, ACM MMSys 2018: 40-51
    • Kevin Desai , Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Suraj Raghuraman, “Skeleton-based continuous extrinsic calibration of multiple RGB-D kinect cameras”, ACM MMSys 2018: 250-257
Health-Data Analytics
    • GN Pradhan, B Prabhakaran, “Association rule mining in multiple, multidimensional time series medical data”, Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research 1 (1), 92-118, 2017
    • A Balasubramanian, R Shamsuddin, B Prabhakaran, A Sawant, “Predictive modeling of respiratory tumor motion for real-time prediction of baseline shifts”, Physics in Medicine & Biology 62 (5), 1791, 2017.
    • Arvind Balasubramanian, Jun Wang, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, “Discovering Multidimensional Motifs in Physiological Signals for Personalized Healthcare. IEEE J. Sel. Top. Signal Process. 10(5): 832-841 (2016)
    • Jun Wang, Arvind Balasubramanian, Luis Mojica de La Vega, Jordan R. Green, Ashok Samal, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, “Word Recognition from Continuous Articulatory Movement Time-series Data using Symbolic Representations”, SLPAT 2013: 119-127
    • H Ghasemzadeh, R Jafari, B Prabhakaran, “A body sensor network with electromyogram and inertial sensors: Multimodal interpretation of muscular activities”, H Ghasemzadeh, R Jafari, B Prabhakaran, IEEE transactions on information technology in biomedicine 14 (2), 198-206, 2009.

Research lab

Framework to custom design VR/MR applications

Dynamic camera planning and placement algorithm

Phantom Lower Limb, Game 1: Burst Bubbles

Task Performance Assessment in 3D Serious Games

My Books


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    Multimedia Database Management Systems

    Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston

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    Mobile Computing Environments For Multimedia Systems

    B. Prabhakaran and M. Kavehrad



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