Waheed Bajwa, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a three-year Young Investigator Award from the Division of the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program (YIP). The ARO YIP supports the research and teaching careers of promising young faculty who have held Ph.D. degrees for less than five years. Bajwa will receive $150,000 as part of this award to support his research on processing of surveillance and reconnaissance data.
Bajwa, who joined Rutgers in 2011, seeks to use this YIP award to develop processing algorithms based on a novel, data-adaptive union-of-subspaces approach developed by his lab. These algorithms will advance the state-of-the-art in processing of hyperspectral imaging data, which constitute an integral component of effective decision making for the Army.
The ARO's mission is to serve as the Army's premier extramural basic research agency in the engineering, physical, information and life sciences. Every year, it selects a small number of young faculty for the YIP award who are at the forefront of ensuring the nation's technological superiority. The YIP awardees are selected for funding after a rigorous peer- and internal-review of their basic research proposals.