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. His work on content-based visual search in the early 90's set the foundation of this vibrant area. Identified as the most influential researcher in the field of Multimedia in 2016, he has made research innovations that have been used in systems and products for image/video search engines, online crime prevention, mobile search, and brain machine interfaces.
For his long-term contributions, he has been awarded the ACM Multimedia SIG Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, the 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 founder/advisor for several companies. In his current capacity as Senior Executive Vice Dean of 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, and an elected Academician of Academia Sinica.