Shih-Fu Chang (short bio)

Shih-Fu Chang is the Sr. Executive Vice Dean and the Richard Dicker Professor of Columbia Engineering. His research is focused on multimedia information retrieval, computer vision, machine learning, and signal processing, with the goal to turn unstructured multimedia data into searchable information. His work on content-based visual search in the early 90's, VisualSEEk and VideoQ, set the foundation of this vibrant area. Over the years, he continued to create innovative techniques for image/video recognition, multimodal analysis, visual information ontology, image authentication, and compact hashing for large-scale image databases. For his long-term pioneering 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, the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, and IBM Faculty Award. For his dedicated contributions to education, 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, special research initiatives, international collaboration, and faculty development. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and IEEE.