Biosketch of Prof. Shih-Fu Chang
Shih-Fu Chang has been the Senior Vice Dean and then Senior Executive Vice Dean of Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science since 2012. In this capacity, he has served as the key partner to the Dean in advancing the vision, impact, and standing of the school, propelling Columbia Engineering to the top engineering school in the Ivy League. He played a key role in leading the school to develop the Engineering for Humanity vision; served as the primary interface with other schools in university-wide cross-disciplinary initiatives; led collaboration with industry in creating large research centers; co-spearheaded development of the school’s strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion; established innovative training programs for students historically underrepresented in STEM; and partnered with the Dean in leading successful recruiting and advancement of the growing faculty of the school.
He is also the Richard Dicker Professor with appointments in both Electrical Engineering Department and Computer Science Department. His research is focused on artificial intelligence, multimedia content analysis, and computer vision. A primary goal of his work is to develop intelligent systems that can extract rich knowledge from data of diverse modalities, including images, video, language and audio. His research has led to novel systems and applications with major societal impact, such as video search engines used by industry and government, online human trafficking crime prevention used by law enforcement, and image recognition tools used by journalists and public health professionals. He has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in the field of multimedia, with a large body of highly cited publications, best paper awards, 30+ issued patents, and technology transfers to industry.
For his long-term contributions, he was awarded the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award, the Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam, the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, and the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. He is an Amazon Scholar, the inaugural director for Columbia Center of AI Technology in collaboration with Amazon, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ACM, and IEEE, and an elected Academician of Academia Sinica.