Prestigious PhD excellence award for MBI student

ViswanathA prestigious award from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has been awarded to Dr Viswanath Pamulakanty Sudarshan, who recently completed his PhD research at Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI).

Dr Sudarshan received the ‘Naik and Rastogi Award for Excellence in PhD Research’ for the years 2019-2021, which was presented by Professor Geoffrey Hinton from the University of Toronto, who is one of the world’s leaders in artificial intelligence research.

Dr Sudarshan received the award for his research that investigated how artificial intelligence could improve patient safety with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, which uses radioactive tracers. His research, published in the top ranking journal Medical Image Analysis, shows that deep learning can be used to maintain image quality when the PET imaging radiation dose is lowered.

Whilst undertaking his PhD research at MBI, Dr Sudarshan was supervised by Dr Zhaolin Chen. MBI Director, Professor Gary Egan, was also part of his supervisory team. Dr Sudarshan was enrolled at Monash-IITB Academy, and he is now a research scientist at TCS Innovation Labs, where he works on medical image analysis problems.