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CSET Faculty - Dvijesh J. Shastri

DR. DVIJESH J. SHASTRI

Dvijesh J. Shastri

Assistant Professor

Office: S737
713-221-7903
shastrid@uhd.edu

​Dr. Shastri is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Houston - Downtown and an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor at the Computational Physiology Lab at the University of Houston. He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Sardar Patel University in 1997, a M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University in 2001, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Houston in 2007. He specializes in affective computing, human behavior analysis, and data analysis. He has developed many computer vision and image processing algorithms that capture physiological signals from thermal imagery and associate them with human psychological states; these algorithms offer a novel toolkit for human behavior analysis. His methodology and the research findings are recently published in Nature - Scientific Reports. His research on contact-free polygraph machine was demonstrated on primetime CNN news, Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room, and broadcasted on the Discovery Science channel in 2009. Dr. Shastri has co-authored more than twenty publications in premier conference and journals. He has been PI and CO-PI for multiple internal and external grants.

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2007.
  • M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 2001.
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India, 1997.

​​CS 1408: Intro to CS with Visual Basic
CS 1410: Introduction to CS with C++
CS 2402: Digital Logic
CS 4294: Senior Seminar
CS 4310: Prin of Computer Graphics
CS 4390: Intro to Info Visualization​

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering Technology, University of Houston Downtown, Houston, TX September 2013 through present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Houston Downtown, Houston, TX 2010 through present.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Houston, Houston, TX 2007 through 2010.

Internship, GE-Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY 2006.

Research Assistant, Computational Physiology Lab. University of Houston, TX 2004 through 2007.

Research Assistant, Eye Department, University of Houston, Houston, TX 2003 through 2006.

Academic Interest

Computational Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Image Processing, Signal
Processing, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Classification.

Books and Book Contributions

B1. D. Shastri, A. Wesley, and I. Pavlidis, "Contact-free stress monitoring for user's divided attention", in Human Computer Interaction, Aleksandar Lazinica, editor, ch. 09, pp. 127-134, I-Tech Education and Publishing, Vienna, Austria, EU, October 2008, ISBN 978-953-7619-19-0. 

Refereed Journals

New!  D. Shastri, M. Papadakis, P. Tsiamyrtzis, B. Bass, and I. Pavlidis. " Perinasal imaging of physiological stress and its affective potential" IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, October, under Major Revision.

J1.D. Shastri, A. Merla, P. Tsiamyrtzis, and I. Pavlidis " Imaging facial signs of neurophysiological responses", IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 477-84, February 2009. [Journal Impact Factor: 1.622].

J2. P. Tsiamyrtzis, J. Dowdall, D. Shastri, I. Pavlidis, and M.G. Frank. "maging facial physiology for the detection of deceit," International Journal of Computer Vision, vol. 71, no. 2, pp. 197-214, October 2006. [Journal Impact Factor: 3.381] Note: Journal impact factors were retrieved from 2007 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Papers and Videos at Refereed Conferences.

Papers and Videos at Refereed Conferences

C1 D. Shastri, M. Papadakis, P. Tsiamyrtzis, B. Bass, and I. Pavlidis, " Perinasal Imaging of Physiological Stress and Its Affective Potential", IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (TOAC), vol. 3, 2012.

C2. D. Duong, D. Shastri, P. Tsiamyrtzis, I. Pavlidis, "Spatiotemporal Reconstruction of the Breathing Function",Proceedings of the 15th International Society and Conference Series on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), Nice, France, October 1-5, 2012. [ Acceptance rate: 32%]

C3. I. Pavlidis, P. Tsiamyrtzis, D. Shastri, A. Wesley, Y. Zhou, P. Lindner, P. Buddharaju, R. Joseph, A. Mandapati, B. Dunkin, B. Bass, "Fast by Nature – How StressPatterns Define Human Experience and Performance in Dexterous TasksNature-Scientific Reports, March 6, 2012.

C4 P. Buddharaju, D. Shastri, A. Mandapati, S. Vaidya, and I. Pavlidis. "Who said monitoring is boring?",Proceedings of the 2011 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Vancouver, British Columbia, May, 2011

C5. A. Wesley, D. Shastri, and I. Pavlidis. " A novel method to monitor driver's distractions", in Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2010, Acceptance Rate: 57%

C6 D. Shastri, Y. Fujiki, R. Buffington, P. Tsiamyrtzis, and I. Pavlidis. "O job, can you return my mojo? Improving human engagement and enjoyment in routine activities", in Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2010, Acceptance Rate: 22%

C7. D. Shastri, and I. Pavlidis, " Automatic initiation of the periorbital signal extraction in thermal imagery", to appear in Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance, Genoa, Italy, September 2-4, 2009.

C8. D. Shastri, I. Pavlidis, and A. Wesley "Method for monitoring operator overloading", Proceedings of HCI International, pp. 169-175, San Diego, California, July 19-24, 2009.

C9. C. Yun, D. Shastri, I. Pavlidis, and Z. Deng, " "O, game, can you feel my frustration?: improving user's gaming experience via StressCam", Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM CHI, pp. 2195-2204, Boston, MA, April 4-9, 2009. [2009 Acceptance Rate 24.5%]

C10. D. Shastri, P. Tsiamyrtzis, and I. Pavlidis, "Periorbital thermal signature extraction and applications", in Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, pp. 102- 105, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, August 20-24, 2008.

C11. D. Shastri, A. Merla, P. Tsiamyrtzis and I. Pavlidis, " Imaging facial signs of neuro-physiology responses", Proceedings of the 10th International Society and Conference Series on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, Brisbane, Australia, October 28-November 2, 2007.

C12. P. Buddharaju, J. Dowdall, P. Tsiamyrtzis, D. Shastri, I. Pavlidis and M.G. Frank. "Automatic Thermal Monitoring System (ATHEMOS) for deception detection", in Video Proceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition , San Diego, CA, June 20-26, 2005. Press Coverage.


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