Overview

Ajita Rattani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Wichita State University. Prior to this, she was an Adjunct Graduate Faculty at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She did her Post-doctoral studies from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, USA. Ajita obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Cagliari, Italy.

Her research interest includes Pattern Recognition, Classifier Fusion, Machine/ Deep Learning, Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Biometrics. She has bagged more than 100 research papers in high impact international conferences and journals. She is the co-editor of the Springer books titled “Adaptive Biometric Systems: Recent Advances and Challenges” and "Selfie Biometrics: Advances and Challenges".

Ajita has been the recipient of the Best Paper and Poster awards at IEEE IJCB 2014, IEEE HST 2017 and IAPR Biometric Summer School 2008. She has collaborated with many eminent scientists across the globe in her field of research. She has also spent one year in University of Sassari, Italy (2006-2007) and six months in West Virginia University, USA (2009) as a Visiting Researcher.

Information

Academic Interests and Expertise

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Electronic and Computer Science Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy. (Best Doctoral Thesis Award)
Areas of Research Interest

Research Interests:

  • Biometrics
  • Computer Vision
  • Image Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Smart and Connected Health
Areas of Teaching Interest

Courses taught:

  • Fall 2019: Data Mining (CS-890DM)
  • Spring 2020: Image Analysis and Computer Vision (CS-890BA) 
Publications

Journal Articles:

  1. Akhtar, K. Siddique, A. Rattani, S. L. Lutfi and T. H. Falk, "Why is Multimedia Quality of Experience Assessment a Challenging Problem?" in IEEE Access, vol. 7, pp. 117897-117915, 2019.
  2. Mohammad, A. Rattani and R. Derakhshani, “Eyebrows and eyeglasses as soft biometrics using deep learning”, IET Biometrics, 2019
  3. Rattani, R. Derakhshani, “A Survey of Mobile Face Biometrics”, Journal of Computer and Electrical Engineering, Elsevier, 72, 39-52, 2018
  4. S. Mohammad, A. Rattani, and R. Derakhshani. 2018. “Comparison of Squeezed Convolutional Neural Network Models for Eyeglasses Detection in Mobile Environment”. J. Comput. Sci. Coll. 33, 5, 136-144, 2018
  5. Rattani, N. Reddy and R. Derakhshani, “Convolutional Neural Networks for Gender Prediction from Smartphone-based Ocular Images”, IET Biometrics, 7, 5, 423 – 430, 2018
  6. Rattani, R. Derakhshani, Ocular Biometrics in the Visible Spectrum: A Survey, Image and Vision Computing, Elsevier, 59, 1- 16, 2017
  7. Rattani, W. Scheirer and A. Ross, “Open Set Fingerprint Spoof Detection Across Novel Fabrication Materials”, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), 10, 11, 2447-2460, 2015
  8. Poh, A. Rattani and F. Roli, “Critical Analysis of Adaptive Biometric Systems”, IET Biometrics, 1(4):179–187, 2012
  9. Akhtar, A. Rattani and G. L. Foresti, “Temporal Analysis of Adaptive Face Recognition”, Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing Research, 4, 4, 243-255, 2014
  10. Rattani, G. L. Marcialis, F. Roli, “A Multi-modal Dataset, Protocol and Tools for Adaptive Biometric Systems: A Benchmarking Study”, International Journal of Biometrics, 2013
  11. Rattani, G. L. Marcialis, F. Roli, “Biometric System Adaptation by Self-update and Graph-based techniques”, Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, 24(1), 1–9, 2013
  12. D. R. Kisku, A. Rattani, P. Gupta, J. K. Sing, C. J. Hwang, "Human Identity Verification using Multispectral Palmprint Fusion", Journal of signal and Information Processing, Scientific Research, 3(2), 263-273, 2011

Selected Conference Proceedings

  1. Kondapi, A Rattani, R Derakhshani, Cross-illumination Evaluation of Hand Crafted and Deep Features for Fusion of Selfie Face and Ocular Biometrics, IEEE Symposium on Homeland Security, Woburn, MA, pp.1-8, 2019
  2. M Nguyen, A Rattani, R Derakhshani, Biometrics Fusion with Applications in Passenger Re-authentication for Automated Border Control Systems, IEEE Symposium on Homeland Security, Woburn, MA, pp.1-8, 2019
  3. Reddy, A. Rattani, R. Derakhshani, Robust Subject-invariant Feature Learning for Ocular Biometrics in Visible Spectrum, 10th IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), Tampa, FL, pp-1-6, 2019.
  4. Rattani, N. Reddy and R. Derakhshani, “Multi-biometric Convolutional Neural Network for Ocular Recognition in Smartphones”, IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, 1-6, 2018.
  5. S. Mohammad, A. Rattani, R. Derakhshani, Short-Term User Authentication Using Eyebrows Biometric for Smartphone Devices, IEEE Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference, 2018.
  6. Reddy, A. Rattani and R. Derakhshani, OcularNet: Deep Patch-based Ocular Biometric Recognition, IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, 1-6, 2018.
  7. S. Mohammad, A. Rattani, and R. Derakhshani, Comparison of squeezed convolutional neural network models for eyeglasses detection in mobile environment. J. Comput. Sci. Coll. 33, 5, (May 2018), 136-144.
  8. Reddy, A. Rattani, R. Derakhshani, Comparison of Deep Learning Models for Biometric-based Mobile User Authentication, IEEE BTAS, 1-6, 2018.
  9. Rattani and R. Derakhshani, "On Fine-tuning Convolutional Neural Networks for Smart-phone based Ocular Recognition", International Joint Conference on Biometrics, 1-6, 2017.
  10. Rattani, N. Reddy and R. Derakhshani, "Convolutional Neural Networks for Age Classification from Smart-phone based Ocular Images", International Joint Conference on Biometrics, 1-6, 2017.
  11. Rattani and R. Derakhshani, "Online Co-training in Mobile Ocular Biometric Recognition", IEEE Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, 1-6, 2017.
  12. Rattani, N. Reddy and R. Derakhshani, "Gender Prediction from Mobile Ocular Images: A Feasibility Study", IEEE Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, 1-6, 2017.
  13. S. Mohammad, A. Rattani and R. Derahkshani, "Eyeglasses detection based on learning and non-learning-based classification schemes," 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST), Waltham, MA, 2017, pp. 1-5.
  14. Rattani, R. Derakhshani, S. K Saripalle, and V. Gottemukkula, "ICIP 2016 Competition on Mobile Ocular Biometric Recognition", IEEE Conference on Image Processing, 320-324, 2016.
  15. Ding, A. Rattani and A. Ross, "Bayesian Belief Models for Integrating Match Scores with Liveness and Quality Measures in a Fingerprint Verification System", IEEE International Conference on Biometrics, 1-8, 2016.
  16. Reddy, A. Rattani and R. Derakhshani, "A Robust Scheme for Iris Segmentation in Mobile Environment", IEEE Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, 1-6, 2016.
  17. Rattani and A. Ross, "Automatic Adaptation of Fingerprint Liveness Detector to New Spoof Materials," Proc. of International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB), (Clearwater, USA), September/October 2014.
  18. Rattani and A. Ross, "Minimizing the Impact of Spoof Fabrication Material on Fingerprint Liveness Detector," Proc. of 21st IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), (Paris, France), October 2014.
  19. Pagano, E. Granger, R. Sabourin, A. Rattani, G. -. Marcialis and F. Roli, "Efficient adaptive face recognition systems based on capture conditions," 2014 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Biometrics and Identity Management (CIBIM), Orlando, FL, 2014, pp. 60-67.
  20. Rattani, C. Chen, A. Ross, Evaluation of Texture Descriptors for Automated Gender Estimation from Fingerprints. In: Agapito L., Bronstein M., Rother C. (eds) Computer Vision - ECCV 2014 Workshops. ECCV 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8926. Springer, Cham, 2014.
  21. Rattani, Z. Akhtar and G. Foresti, "A Preliminary Study on Identifying Fabrication Material From Fake Fingerprint Images," 2015 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, Cape Town, 2015, pp. 362-366.
  22. Rattani, N. Poh and A. Ross, "A Bayesian Approach for Modeling Sensor Influence on Quality, Liveness and Match Score Values in Fingerprint Verification", Proc. of IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS), (Guangzhou, China), November 2013.
  23. Rattani and N. Poh, "Biometric System Design Under Zero and Non-zero-effort Attacks", International Conference on Biometrics (ICB), Madrid, Spain, 2013.
  24. Akhtar, A. Rattani, A. Hadid, M. Tistarelli, Face Recognition under Ageing Effect: A Comparative Analysis. In: Petrosino A. (eds) Image Analysis and Processing – ICIAP 2013. ICIAP 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8157. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
  25. Rattani, G. L. Marcialis, E. Granger, F. Roli, "A Dual-staged Classification-Selection Approach for Automated Update of Biometric Templates", International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), Japan, 2012.
  26. Rattani, N. Poh and A. Ross, "Analysis of user-specific score characteristics for spoof biometric attacks," 2012 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, Providence, RI, 2012, pp. 124-129.
  27. Rattani, G. L. Marcialis, F. Roli, "Self Adaptive Systems: An Experimental Analysis of the Performance Over Time", In Proc. of IEEE Workshop on Computational Intelligence in Biometrics and Identity Management (CIBIM'11) - A Special Session on Adaptive Biometric Systems, pp. 36 - 43, 2011.
  28. Gupta, A. Rattani, D. R. Kisku, C. J. Hwang, and J. K. Sing "Palmprint verification using Lagrangian decomposition and invariant interest points", Proc. SPIE 8063, Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications, pp.1-6, 2011.
  29. R. Kisku, A. Rattani, P. Gupta, C. J. Hwang, and J. K. Sing "Palmprint identification using FRIT", Proc. SPIE 8063, Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2011.
  30. R. Kisku, A. Rattani, P. Gupta and J. K. Sing, "Offline signature verification using geometric and orientation features with multiple experts fusion," 2011 3rd International Conference on Electronics Computer Technology, Kanyakumari, 2011, pp. 269-272.
  31. Poh, J. Kittler, A. Rattani and M. Tistarelli, "Group-specific score normalization for biometric systems," 2010 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition - Workshops, San Francisco, CA, 2010, pp. 38-45.
  32. Rattani, B. Freni, G. L. Marcialis, F. Roli, "Template Update Methods in Adaptive Biometric Systems: A Critical Review", In Proc. of 3rd International Conference on Biometrics (ICB'09), vol. 5558, Alghero (Italy), 847-856, 2009.
  33. Ross, A. Rattani and M. Tistarelli, "Exploiting the Doddington Zoo Effect in Biometric Fusion," In Proc. of 3rd IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS'09), pp. 1-7, Washington DC, USA, September 2009.
  34. R. Kisku, A. Rattani, P. Gupta, J. K. Sing, "Biometrics Sensor Image Fusion for Identity Verification: A Case Study with Wavelet-based Fusion Rules and Graph Matching", In Proc. of 3rd IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST'09), MA-Greater Boston, USA, IEEE Press, pp. 433--439, 2009.
  35. R. Kisku, H. Mehrotra, A. Rattani, P. Gupta, J. K. Sing, "Multiview Gabor Face Recognition by Fusion of PCA and Canonical Covariate through Feature Weighting", In Proc. of SPIE International Symposium on Optics and Photonics (Optics+Photonics 2009), San Diego, USA, Vol. 7443, 744308, SPIE, 2009.
  36. Rattani, G. L. Marcialis, F. Roli, An Experimental Analysis of the Relationship between Biometric Template Update and the Doddington’s Zoo: A Case Study in Face Verification. In: Foggia P., Sansone C., Vento M. (eds) Image Analysis and Processing – ICIAP 2009. ICIAP 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5716. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  37. R. Kisku, A. Rattani, P. Gupta and J. K. Sing, "Biometric sensor image fusion for identity verification: A case study with wavelet-based fusion rules graph matching," 2009 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, Boston, MA, 2009, pp. 433-439.
  38. Rattani, G. L. Marcialis, F. Roli, "Biometric Template Update Using the Graph Mincut: A Case Study in Face Verification", In Proc. 6th IEEE Biometric Symposium (BSYM'08), Tampa, Florida, USA, IEEE, 2008, pp. 1-6.
  39. L. Marcialis, A. Rattani, F. Roli, "Biometric Template Update: An Experimental Investigation on the Relationship Between Update Errors and Performance Degradation in Face Verification", In Proc. of Joint IAPR Int. Workshop on Structural and Syntactical Pattern Recognition and Statistical Techniques in Pattern Recognition (S+SSPR'08), Orlando (Florida, USA), Springer, 2008.
  40. Rattani, G. L. Marcialis, F. Roli, "Capturing Large Intra-class Variations of Biometric Data by Template Co-updating", In Proc. of IEEE Workshop on Biometrics, Int. Conference on Vision and Pattern Recognition CVPR 2008, Anchorage (Alaska, USA), IEEE, pp. 1-6, 2008.
  41. Rattani, G. L. Marcialis, F. Roli , "Boosting Gallery Representativeness by Co-updating Face and Fingerprint Verification Systems", In Proc. of 5th Summer School for Advanced Studies on Biometrics for Secure Authentication, 2008 (Motorola Best Paper Award).
  42. Rattani, D. R. Kisku, M. Bicego, M. Tistarelli, "Feature Level Fusion of Face and Fingerprint Biometrics", In Proc. of 1st IEEE International Conference on Biometrics, Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS 2007), Washington DC, USA, IEEE Press, pp. 1--6, 2007.
  43. R. Kisku, A. Rattani, E. Grosso, M. Tistarelli, "Face Identification by SIFT-based Complete Graph Topology", In Proc. of 5th IEEE International Workshop on Automatic Identification Advanced Technologies (AUTOID 2007), Alghero, Italy, IEEE Press, pp. 63--68, 2007.
  44. Rattani, D. R. Kisku, A. Lagorio, M. Tistarelli, "Facial Template Synthesis based on SIFT Features", In Proc. of 5th IEEE International Workshop on Automatic Identification Advanced Technologies (AUTOID 2007), Alghero, Italy, IEEE Press, pp. 69--73, 2007.
  45. Rattani, D. R. Kisku, M. Bicego, M. Tistarelli, "Robust Feature Level Multibiometrics Classification", In Proc. of IEEE Biometric Symposium (BSYM 2006), Baltimore, Maryland, USA, IEEE Press, pp. 1--6, 2006.
  46. Gupta, A. Rattani, H. Mehrotra and A. K. Kaushik, "Multimodal Biometrics System for Efficient Human Recognition", In Proc. of SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing (SPIE DSS 2006), Florida, USA, 2006.
  47. Kela, A. Rattani and P. Gupta, "An Illumination Invariant Face Recognition System", In Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2006), New York, USA, 2006.
Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Wichita State University (August 2019 - Present)                                                                                                                  Research in the field of AI, Computer Vision and Machine Learning                                                        Instructor to Graduate Level Courses                                                                                                -Supervision of Undergraduate and Graduate students in Research and Development
  • Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer, Aware Vehicles Inc., Kansas City, Missouri (October 2018 – Present)                                                                                                                                                      Team Lead for Development of High Resolution and Hyperspectral Imaging for Defects Detection in Bridges and other Infrastructural and Security Applications.
  • Adjunct Graduate Faculty and Senior Research Associate, University of Missouri - Kansas City/ ZOLOZ (October 2014 – Present)                                                                                                                PI  and Senior Personnel for Research Projects funded by ZOLOZ (http://www.zoloz.com/), initially called EyeVerify (acquired by Alibaba’s Ant Financial and rebranded as ZOLOZ in 2017)      Manager and co-supervisor of R&D team at CIBIT Lab (http://sce2.umkc.edu/cibit/#members) consisting of PhD and Master students.                                                                                        Research on Human Re-authentication for Mobile Device Security                                      Development of Deep Learning Methods for Object Segmentation and Classification      Supervision of Research Assistants in Large Scale Ocular Biometric Data Collection, Analysis and Benchmarking                                                                                                                                      Organizer of the Large Scale International Competition on Mobile Ocular Biometrics and Session at IEEE ICIP conference (https://www2.securecms.com/ICIP2016/Papers/viewpapers.asp?papernum=3484)                                                                                                                                      Editor of the book titled “Selfie Biometrics: Advances and Challenges”, Springer 2018                    Instructor for Graduate and Undergraduate Computer Science Courses
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Michigan State University, USA (April 2013 – September 2014)        Conducted Cutting-edge Research on Open-set Recognition/ Classification Methods for Biometric Spoof Attacks (obtained Best Paper Award)                                                                                        Established Research Collaboration with Notre Dame and Harvard University                          Developed Multiple Classifier System (MCS) for fusion of auxiliary and primary sources of Information for secured user-identity                                                                                                        Co-supervision of PhD Students in research formulation
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Cagliari, Italy (January 2011 – March 2013)                      Research on Advanced and Adaptive Pattern Recognition Systems for Dynamic Environment        Edited a book titled “Adaptive Biometric System: Advances and Challenges” published by Springer in 2015                                                                                                                                                Established Research Collaboration with Reputed Universities at Oulu (Finland), University of Surrey (UK) and University of Quebec (Canada)                                                                                      Organized a special session on Adaptive Biometrics at IEEE CIBIM (http://www.ele.uri.edu/ieee-ssci/CIBIM_session1.html)
Awards and Honors

  1.  Received Best Women Performer in Artificial Intelligence Award by International GISR foundation                2020

  2.  Selected as IEEE Biometric Council representative to IEEE Young Professional 2020

  3.  Best Paper Award at Applied Computing Research Innovation and Technology 2019

  4.  Best Paper Award at IEEE Intl Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security 2019

  5.  Editorial Board Member of IEEE Biometrics Council 2019

  6.  Outstanding Reviewer Award from Elsevier Journal of Image and Vision Computing 2018

  7.  Best Paper Award at IEEE Intl Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security 2017

  8.  Best Poster Award at IEEE Intl Joint Conference on Biometrics 2014

  9.  Selected to Participate in the Panel Discussion for Career Pathways at BTAS 2013

10. Best Doctoral Thesis Award, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy           2010

11. Motorola Best Paper Award in Biometric Summer School Organized in Association with IAPR,                     Alghero, Italy, 2008