Chen Tsuhan

Chen Tsuhan
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof Chen Tsuhan joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on 1 August 2015 as Dean of the College of Engineering with concurrent appointment as Cheng Tsang Man Chair Professor. Prior to joining NTU, Prof Chen was David E Burr Professor of Engineering and Director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2009 to 2013 at the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. During his time as Director at Cornell University, Prof Chen led the School to top ranking positions. He also launched several initiatives to encourage innovation and promote research and teaching excellence, increasing School's funding level and enrolments, and developing strategies to identify future growth areas. A renowned expert in image processing, pattern recognition, machine learning and computer vision, Prof Chen directed Cornell University’s Advanced Multimedia Processing Laboratory, focusing on and developing the interdisciplinary field of visual computing.


From 1997 to 2008, Prof Chen was a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serving as Associate Department Head from 2007 to 2008. He has also been successful in garnering external grants. Prof Chen was Founding Director of the “ITRI Lab @ CMU”, a collaborative research laboratory and Director of the International Collaboration on Advanced Security Technology (iCAST) at CyLab CMU, sponsored by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Taiwan’s National Science Council respectively.


Prof Chen received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1987. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California, in 1990 and 1993 respectively. At Caltech, Prof Chen received the Charles Wilts Prize for outstanding independent research in Electrical Engineering leading to a Ph.D. degree in 1993. Upon his PhD graduation from Caltech, Prof Chen joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey, and worked as a member of technical staff till October 1997.


Prof Chen is credited for the founding of the Technical Committee on Multimedia Signal Processing, and the Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop, both in the IEEE Signal Processing Society. His endeavor subsequently led to the founding of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, joining and escalating the efforts of multiple IEEE societies. 


Prof Chen served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions Multimedia from 2002 to 2004 when the journal undergone tremendous growth, increasing from four issues and 400 pages to six issues and 1200 pages respectively for each year. Prof Chen also served on the editorial board of IEEE Signal Processing magazine and was associate editor for various top international journals such as IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video TechnologyIEEE Trans. on Image ProcessingIEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, and IEEE Trans. on Multimedia


Prof Chen has published more than three hundreds of technical papers and holds 26 U.S. patents. He has also co-edited a book, Multimedia Systems, Standards, and Networks. A passionate teacher who firmly believes in educating the next generation, Prof Chen has won major teaching awards throughout his distinguished academic career such as the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award in 2006 and the Eta Kappa Nu Award for Outstanding Faculty Teaching in 2007, both at CMU and the Michael Tien Teaching Award in 2014 at Cornell University.


Recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award from 2000 - 2003, Prof Chen lends his expertise and services to the community and society. Prof Chen was elected to the Board of Governors (from 2007 to 2009) and a Distinguished Lecturer (from 2007 to 2008), both with the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He also served as President (from 2013 to 2014) and Vice President (from 2012 to 2013) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association, USA. In recognition of his contributions to multidisciplinary multimedia signal processing, Prof Chen was conferred Fellow of IEEE in 2007