I am an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering department of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

My research focusses on applying deep-learning based computer vision techniques and large-scale data analytics for solving transportation engineering problems.

I finsihed my PhD from Iowa State University in 2019 working with Dr. Anuj Sharma & Dr. Chinmay Hegde. My Masters degree was from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur working with Dr. Partha Chakroborty and my Bachelors degree from BESU, Shibpur (present IIEST, Shibpur).

PhD positions available: I am looking for motivated students with strong academic background intererested to work on exciting real-world intelligent transportation systems problems related to machine learning, computer vision, and large-scale data anlaytics. Interested candidates can contact me via email along with their CV and research interests.

Contact: pranames@iitk.ac.in; pranameshbesu@gmail.com

Office Address: Room No. 104, Block-C, Old-SAC Building, IIT Kanpur


  • November 2020: PhD students Udita Jana and Pavan Kumar Sharma and M. Tech students Sahil Jaiswal and Chirag Bharat Jaiswal joins our research group.
  • November 2020: Invited talk in the Short-Term Course “Machine learning & it’s applications to civil engineering (MLACE-2020)” organized by NIT Srinagar.
  • October 2020: SERB startup research grant approved on camera-based smart traffic signal developement.
  • August 2020: Paper on “Applications of Deep Learning in Intelligent Transportation Systems” published in Journal of Big Data Analytics in Transportation.
  • July 2020: Invited talk on “Deep Learning Techniques in Traffic Data Imputation” in the webinar series ‘Modern Trends in Transportation System (MTTS-2020)’ organized by NIT Silchar.
  • May 2020: Invited talk on “Emerging Travel Technologies (ITS and IoT”) in the Transportation Research Group of India (TRG) webinar series. Details here.
  • May 2020: Serving as one of the guest editors in the Special Issue “Deep Learning in Transportation” in the Journal of Big Data Analytics in Transportation. Call for papers here.
  • March 2020: Working in the organizing team of NVIDIA AI City Challenge workshop in CVPR 2020. Preprint here.
  • December 2019: I have joined as an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of IIT Kanpur.
  • October 2019: Our team ranked first in the ATD challenge on traffic incident detection organized by MIT and funded by NSF.
  • September 2019: One paper (first author) accepted in Traffic Injury Prevention journal.
  • August 2019: Successfully defended my PhD dissertation and awarded Research Excellence Award by the Graduate College of Iowa State University.
  • Jun 2018: Worked in the organizing team of NVIDIA AI City Challenge workshop in CVPR. Paper here.
  • May 2019: Invited talk on “Applications of Big Data in Transportation” in Transport Data Analytics special session, WCTR 2019.
  • May 2019: Our paper (first author) is accepted in Transportation Research Part-C journal.
  • Apr 2019: Invited talk on “Big Data and AI in Transportation” in 2019 Business Analytics Symposium organized by Ivy College of Business, Iowa State University.
  • Mar 2019: One paper (first author) published in Transportation in Developing Economies journal.
  • Jan 2019: Our team, Iowa_State_Reactor, ranked 5th in TRANSFOR19, the Transportation Forecasting Competetion, held at TRB Annual Meeting.
  • Nov 2018: Presented one paper (first author) in IEEE Intelligent Transporatation Systems Conference, Hawaii, USA.
  • Sep 2018: Selected as one of the winners of the Student Paper Competition (first author) of TRB Mid-Year conference, Bellevue, USA.
  • Jul 2018: Worked as co-mentor of 3 undergraduate students in SPIRE-EIT REU program.
  • Jun 2018: A short interview on Transportation of Tomorrow: The next generation of engineers published in Go magazine, Iowa State University.
  • Jun 2018: Worked in the organizing team of NVIDIA AI City Challenge workshop in CVPR. Paper here.
  • Apr 2018: Two papers published in Transportation Research Record journal.
  • Dec 2017: Presented one paper (first author) in CTRG.
  • Jan 2017: Presented one paper (first author) in TRB Annual Meeting.
  • Jun 2016: Selected as the winner of the Student Essay Competition in ITS America sponsored by Southwest Research Institute.