Shih-Fu Chang (short bio)

Shih-Fu Chang is the Senior Executive Vice Dean of Columbia Engineering and a Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research is focused on computer vision, machine learning, and multimedia information retrieval, with the goal to turn unstructured multimedia data into searchable information. His work on content-based visual search in the early 90's set the foundation of this vibrant area. Over the years, he has created innovative technologies for image/video recognition, multimodal analysis, multimedia ontology, image forensics, and compact hashing for large-scale search. For his long-term contributions, he has been awarded the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, ACM Multimedia SIG Technical Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam, and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. He received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. He served as Chair of Columbia Electrical Engineering Department (2007-2010), the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2006-8), and advisor for several research institutions and companies. In his current capacity in Columbia Engineering, he plays a key role in the School's strategic planning, major research initiatives, international collaboration, and faculty development. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ACM, and IEEE.