Dr. Abhishek Dutta


I strongly believe in the following motto: “Competition builds quality” and therefore I have always keenly participated in many competition and challenges in different stages of my career. I have greatly benefited from these participations — more in particular from those competitions in which I did not receive any award. Many of these participations helped me learn practical team work and project management skills that are essential for collaborative projects.

I have received many awards and innumerable number of appreciation for my work. Here is a description of my awards so far.

Oxford MPLS Early Career Impact Award 2019

The Oxford University’s Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division Early Career Impact award 2019 was awarded to Dr. Abhishek Dutta in recognition of his contribution to develop the VGG Image Annotator — a widely used open source manual image annotation software application.

Here are some links covering this award:

2nd Prize : Innovation Day May 2016

Of the 80 ideas submitted by TomTomers all over the world to the Innovation Day May 2016, seven teams were selected to present their ideas in the finals on May 25, 2016. My submission was awarded the second prize in this competition of ideas.

1st Prize : Innovation Day May 2015

Of the 55 ideas submitted to the TomTom‘s Innovation Day of May 2015, seven teams were selected to present their ideas in the finals on May 20, 2015. My idea was selected under the “Best New Product Idea” category and received highest scores from all the five jury members.

1st prize : Poster competition of CTIT Symposium 2012

Out of the 35 posters submitted, 19 posters were selected to be presented at the poster competition. My poster received the first prize in this poster competition at the University of Twente (Netherlands)


2nd prize : Open Software Challenge Nepal (OSCN) – 2009

Open Software Challenge Nepal (OSCN) – 2009 was jointly organized by D2HawkeyeServices and Institute of Engineering ( IOE ) – Pulchowk Campus. More than 70 projects submitted from all over the Nepal competed for the top three prize. We won the second prize for our open source software Real Time Face Tracking and Recognition (RTFTR). Here are some more links about OSCN-2009:

Real Time Face Tracking and Recognition (RTFTR) is an open source project that can track and recognise human faces in a video stream. For our undergraduate final year project, we used RTFTR as a platform to study the effectiveness of multiple face detection and recognition algorithms working in unison. It was this project that inspired and propelled me into a research career leading to a doctoral research in Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

2nd prize : Open Software Competition of LOCUS 2008

Our team received second prize in the open software competition of LOCUS 07/08 organised by Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Nepal from May 08-10,2008 for our open source game iSnake.

After the first prize in KUCC-2008, we were very confident to make our comeback in LOCUS 07/08. We had worked hard to compete for the first prize but we received the second prize. While there were many who questioned the judging procedure, I chose to maintain good faith in the organisers and unwavering respect for the judges of a competition, irrespective of the outcome of the competition. From this participation, I learned the spirit of sportsmanship.

1st prize : Inter College Undergraduate Project Competition, KUCC Software Meet – 2008

Our team received the first prize in the Inter College Undergraduate Project Competition – KUCC Software Meet 2008 held at Kathmandu University on March 7, 2008 for our open source game iSnake.

We started work on iSnake project in 2007. We faced a setback when we did not win any prizes for this software in the LOCUS 2006/07 competition organised by Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus (Kathmandu, Nepal). It was one of my first failures and this project did hit me very hard because after the past win in LOCUS 2005 I had started to feel more confident — after this failure, I had lost most of my confidence. This failure taught us many important lessons on the value of project management and the importance of user interface design. We regained our confidence and redesigned not only the user interface but also the underlying software code to support additional features (like multiplayer gaming, intelligent computer controlled opponent, etc). In the winter of Feb. 2008, I and Jitendra moved to Suraj‘s single room rented apartment with our bulky desktop computers. We spent few weeks continually coding, integrating and testing of our software code written in Java — going out only to eat and recharge ourselves. With this game, whose source code was still littered with debug statements, we participated in the KUCC Software Meet – 2008. This was my first experience of participating in a software competition outside my own undergraduate college. For some unknown reasons, we managed to demonstrate our software with great confidence to the judges of this competition. We also talked about how we collaborated using a subversion (svn) code repository at sourceforge.net, our team work and the reasons for making our software open source. We received the first prize and this bolstered our confidence. We had now formed a very strong team to further develop the iSnake software and participate in future LOCUS competition.


2nd prize : Website Design Competition of LOCUS 2005

Our project received the second prize in the website design competition of LOCUS 2005 organised by the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Nepal.

The annual LOCUS competition at the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus (Kathmandu, Nepal) was launched by an enthusiastic team of students in 2004. I was in the audience during the launch ceremony of its first event in 2004 in which the students introduced the following motto of this competition: “Competition builds quality”. At that time, I did not realise the impact that this competition and its motto will have in shaping my career trajectory and aspirations. Looking back (in 2019), I can see how the motto of “Competition builds quality” has positively influenced all my activities and perception of open competitions. I still continue to participate in competitions with the same positive energy that brings out the best in all the participants.

I and Bibek participated in this competition with our project kinbech@ioelive. This was my first experience of a collaborative project and participation in a competition. The second prize in this competition came as a source of inspiration for a large number collaborative projects that I pursued during my undergraduate degree at Pulchowk Campus.

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April 7, 2019 at 8:37 am