Ramesh has been an active researcher in Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia Computing, Experiential computing, and Digital Health. While at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he founded and directed artificial intelligence laboratory in 1987; and at University of California, San Diego, he founded visual computing lab in 1995. At University of California, Irvine, He is founding director of UCI Institute for Future Health. He was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE MultiMedia magazine and Machine Vision and Applications journal. His co-authored and co-edited books include two text books: Machine Vision (published in 1995), and Multimedia Computing (published in 2014). Ramesh has been elected Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, IAPR, AAAI, and SPIE. He is the recipient of several awards including the ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award 2010. His current research is in building computing and data-driven Navigational approaches for Future Health. He is Chief Technical Advisor for building Open Source Personal Health Navigator Project at Peng Cheng Laboratory in Shenzhen.
Ramesh co-founded multiple companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. He enjoys working with companies, is involved in research, and enjoys writing.
Recently IEEE TCMC announced him to be the winner of Impact award for his “pioneering and wide-spread impact to multimedia computing for the past four decades.”