Ramesh has been an active researcher in multimedia information systems, image databases, machine vision, and intelligent systems. While professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, San Diego, he founded and directed artificial intelligence and visual computing labs. He was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE MultiMedia magazine and Machine Vision and Applications journal and serves on the editorial boards of several magazines in multimedia, business and image and vision processing. He has co-authored more than 250 research papers in well-respected journals and conference proceedings. Among his co-authored and co-edited books include Machine Vision, a textbook used at several universities. Ramesh has been elected Fellow of ACM, IEEE, IAPR, AAAI, and SPIE. Currently, he is the Chairman of ACM SIG Multimedia.
Ramesh founded three companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. Most recently, he was the co-founder of PRAJA inc located in San Diego, which was acquired by Tibco inc. Prior to PRAJA, he was the founding CEO and Chairman of Virage (NASD: VRGE), a San Mateo-based company developing systems for media management solutions and visual information management. He was also the Founder and Chairman of ImageWare Inc., that provided solutions for surface modeling, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, and inspection. ImageWare was acquired by SDRC.
He enjoys working with companies, is involved in research, and enjoys writing. His current research is in experiential systems and their applications.