Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Chen Tsuhan

College Dean's Office

College of Engineering

Phone: (+65)6592 1636
Office: Blk N1.3-B1-08

  • PhD (Electrical Engrg) California Institute of Technology 1993
  • MS (Electrical Engrg) California Institute of Technology 1990
  • BS (Electrical Engrg) National Taiwan University 1987
Tsuhan Chen is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering, and the Cheng Tsang Man Chair Professor, at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has been the David E. Burr Professor of Engineering at the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, since January 2009, and served as the Director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2009 to 2013. During his term, Tsuhan promoted the School to top ranking positions, and launched several initiatives to encourage innovation and to promote research and teaching excellence. He increased the School’s funding level and enrollments, and developed a strategic plan to identify technical areas for future growth. He also directed the Advanced Multimedia Processing Laboratory, with research activities in the interdisciplinary field of visual computing, including: computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, and image processing.

From 1997 to 2008, Tsuhan was a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he served as the Associate Department Head from 2007 to 2008. He founded and served as Director of the “ITRI Lab @ CMU,” a collaborative research laboratory sponsored by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). He was also the Director of the International Collaboration on Advanced Security Technology (iCAST), at CyLab CMU, sponsored by Taiwan’s National Science Council.

From August 1993 to October 1997, he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1987.

Tsuhan founded the Technical Committee on Multimedia Signal Processing, and the Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop, both in the IEEE Signal Processing Society. His endeavor later evolved into founding of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, both joining the efforts of multiple IEEE societies. Tsuhan was appointed the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in 2002-2004, during which the journal grew from 400 pages and 4 issues a year, to 1200 pages and 6 issues a year.

Before serving as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Tsuhan also served on the Editorial Board of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and as Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, and IEEE Trans. on Multimedia. He co-edited a book titled Multimedia Systems, Standards, and Networks.

Tsuhan received the Charles Wilts Prize for outstanding independent research in Electrical Engineering leading to a Ph.D. degree at the California Institute of Technology in 1993. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, titled “Multimodal and Multimedia Signal Processing,” from 2000 to 2003. He received the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award in recognition of excellence in engineering education at the Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, the Eta Kappa Nu Award for Outstanding Faculty Teaching in 2007, and the Michael Tien Teaching Award in 2014.

Tsuhan has published more than three hundreds of technical papers and holds 26 U.S. patents. He was elected to the Board of Governors, 2007-2009, and a Distinguished Lecturer, 2007-2008, both with the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He served as Vice President in 2012-2013, and as President in 2013-2014, of the ECE Department Head Association. He is a member of the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society, and Fellow of IEEE.
Research Interests
Visual computing
Computer vision
Pattern recognition
Machine learning
Image and video processing
Research Grant
  • Ng Teng Fong Foundation (2015-2018) [by Ng Teng Fong Foundation]
Current Projects
  • NTU-PKU Research Institute Research Projects

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