I am an assistant Professor in the Department of Math & Computing Science, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada. Prior to joining SMU, I was a postdoc ( partnering with Dreamcramft Attractions, Victoria) in Graphics lab, Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria, working with  Prof. Andrea Tagliasacchi. Prior to UVic, I  worked as a  postdoc in Geospatial Intelligence Lab, University of Calgary, with Prof. Ruisheng Wang. I received my PhD (2015) from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras under the supervision of Prof. Ramanathan Muthuganapathy and masters (2009) in computer science  from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India.

Research Interests

Broadly, my research interests lie in computer graphics, 3D vision and machine learning. I am interested in developing efficient algorithms, and computational tools for 3D sensing and modeling of the objects and the world around us, with interesting applications in virtual/augmented reality, autonomous robotics, urban planning & simulation, bio-mechanical studies, collective behavior etc.. I am also interested in geometric problems related to shape analysis, matching and retrieval. My current focus include the following.

  • Point cloud processing
  • 3D reconstruction
  • Volumetric video technology
  • Spatial data structures
  • Geometric deep learning‚Äč

Open Positions

We have a few available positions at the level of PhD, MSc and BSc. See the group page for more details.


  • John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), CFI 2022-24
  • Research Opportunities Fund, Research Nova Scotia, 2022
  • MITACS Accelerate Cluster Funding, 2020-2022 (with Modest Tree, Halifax)
  • Discovery grant, NSERC of Canada, 2019-2024
  • FGSR grant,  SMU,  2018
  • Start up grant, Saint Mary’s University 2018
  • MITACS Elevate fellowship (with Dreamcraft Attractions, Victoria), 2018
  • EYES HIGH fellowship, University of Calgary, 2015-2017
  • Institute postdoc fellowship, IIT Madras, 2014-2015
  • MHRD fellowship, Govt. of India, 2010-2014
  • GATE scholarship, Govt. of India, 2007-2009
  • Gold medal,  Masters (Computer Science), NITK Surathkal, 2009

Professional Activities

  • Editorial
  • Committees
    • NSERC CS Scholarship Committee (Member), 2022-
    • Review Committee (Member)-CAD 2023, ’22, ’21, ’20
    • International Program Committee (Member)- ISVC 2023, ’22, ’21, ’20, ’19
  • Ad hoc Reviewer
    • Funding agencies
      • NSERC DG
      • MITACS Accelerate
    • Journals-
      • IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing
      • IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
      • Computers & Graphics, Elsevier
      • Computers & Geoscience, Elsevier
      • Photogrammetric Record
      • IEEE GRSL
      • International Journal of Remote Sensing
      • Remote Sensing
    • Conferences-


  • ASIA Graphics Association
  • Solid Modeling Association (SMA)
  • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society
  • IEEE Smart Cities Community

Industrial Projects

  • Optimization of Cab Lamp Locations on Hydraulic Excavator for Improved Illumination, Caterpillar India Pvt Ltd, 2014-2015
  • Spheremesh Tracker for VR Darkrides, Dreamcraft Attractions Ltd, Victoria, 2017-2018


Office: MN130, McNally North (see the map below),
Department of Math & Computing Science,
Saint Mary’s University,
912 Robie Street, Halifax, Canada-B3H3C3
e-mail: jiju.poovvancheri@smu.ca/jijupnair2000@gmail.com
phone: +1 902 420 5787 , +1 902 266 4096