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Dr. Bijaya Shrestha

Associate Teaching Professor


Dr. Shrestha was born to Prof. Kalidas Shrestha and Mrs. Kamala Maiya Joshi in Kathmandu, Nepal. He earned a Ph.D. degree in 1995 from the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) for developing a Monte Carlo algorithm to model Photon Transport in a semiconductor. His research interests include particle transport, pattern recognition, feature extraction and identification, and medical applications. He has been teaching various courses in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology for twenty eight years continuously (as of 2023), where he has been working on developing algorithms to help detect skin cancer in its early stages by performing image analysis of skin legions for which he and his research colleagues have been rewarded a US patent. He is in the process of developing an inference engine which inputs a lesion image and outputs a recommendation for its remedy.

Selected publications

  • B. Shrestha, J. Bishop, K. Kam, X. Chen, R.H. Moss, W.V. Stoecker, S. Umbaugh, R. J. Stanley, M. E. Celebi, A.A. Mahrgoob, G. Argenziano, H.P. Soyer, “Detection of atypical texture features in early malignant melanoma,” Skin Research and Technology, 2010; 16: 60-65.
  • M. E. Bresnahan and B. Shrestha, “Potential shielding for a positron emission tomography (PET) suite” - Journal of Biomedical Graphics and Computing, June 2012, Vol. 2, No. 1.
  • A. Dalal, R.H. Moss, R.J. Stanley, W.V. Stoecker, K. Gupta, D. A. Calcara, J. Xu, B. Shrestha, R. Drugge, J.M. Malters, L.A. Perry, “Concentric Decile Segmentation of White and Hypopigmented Areas in Dermoscopy Images of Skin Lesions Allows Discrimination of Malignant Melanoma,” Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 35(2011) 148-154.
  • B. Shrestha and A. Shrestha, “Monte Carlo Simulation of Photon Transport in an Egg in a Postulated Irradiation Procedure,” Jour. Rad. Prot. Mgmt., 1999, 16: 35-40.
  • W.V. Stoecker , R.J. Stanley, A. Khan, R.H. Moss, B. Shrestha. “Fuzzy Logic Applied to Discrimination of Melanoma in situ vs. Dysplastic Nevi.,” Dermatology 2006; 212:294-295.

Authored Book

  • Campus Physics, 1980 – Ratna Pustak Bhandar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Selected Honored and Awards

  • Received U.S. Patent for the research done on “Automatic Detection of Critical Dermoscopy Features for Malignant Melanoma Diagnosis” – U.S. Patent # 7,689,016 received March 30, 2010, co-inventor.
  • Faculty Achievement Award 
  • 2010 Outstanding Professor Award from the Eta Kappa chapter of Chi Omega Fulbright Scholarship Recipient Senior Member, IEEE
  • Fulbright Scholarship Recipient
  • Senior Member, IEEE

Research Interests:

Algorithm development for feature extraction towards helping diagnose cancerous lesions, signal and image processing, statistical physics, particle transport, radiation shielding, Monte Carlo techniques, stochastic events, Markov chain models, simulation of physical processes, optimization techniques.




  • PhD, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO
  • MS, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal
  • BS, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal