Pramod K. Varshney was born in Allahabad, India. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science (with highest honors), and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972, 1974, and 1976 respectively.
During 1972-76, he held teaching and research assistantships at the University of Illinois. Since 1976 he has been with Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY where he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Director of CASE: Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering. He served as the Associate Chair of the department during 1993-96. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. His current research interests are in distributed sensor networks and data fusion, detection and estimation theory, wireless communications, physical layer security, image processing, and radar. He has published extensively. He is the author of Distributed Detection and Data Fusion, published by Springer-Verlag in 1997.
While at the University of Illinois, Dr. Varshney was a James Scholar, a Bronze Tablet Senior, and a Fellow. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and is the recipient of the 1981 ASEE Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award. He was elected to the grade of Fellow of the IEEE in 1997 for his contributions in the area of distributed detection and data fusion. In 2000, he received the Third Millennium Medal from the IEEE and Chancellor’s Citation for exceptional academic achievement at Syracuse University. He received the IEEE 2012 Judith A. Resnik Award, Doctor of Engineering degree honoris causa from Drexel University in 2014, the ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois in 2015 and ISIF’s Yaakov Bar-Shalom Award for a Lifetime of Excellence in Information Fusion in 2018. He has served on the editorial boards of Journal on Advances in Information Fusion and IEEE Transactions of Signal Processing as well as IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. He was the President of International Society of Information Fusion during 2001.