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2019 Distinguished Alumni Award

For fundamental contributions to image, video, and multimedia analysis and communications.

Chang-Wen Chen

Chang-Wen Chen

PhD 1992

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen | University of Buffalo, NY

Chang Wen Chen is currently Dean of School of Science and Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. He continues to serve as an Empire Innovation Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He was Allen Henry Endow Chair Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology from July 2003 to December 2007.  He was on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester from 1992 to 1996 and on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1996 to 2003.

He has been the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Trans. Multimedia from January 2014 to December 2016. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology from January 2006 to December 2009. He has been an Editor for several other major IEEE Transactions and Journals, including the Proceedings of IEEE, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. He has served as Conference Chair for several major IEEE, ACM and SPIE conferences related to multimedia video communications and signal processing. His research has been supported by NSF, DARPA, Air Force, NASA, Whitaker Foundation, Microsoft, Intel, Kodak, Huawei, and Technicolor.

He received his BS from University of Science and Technology of China in 1983, MSEE from University of Southern California in 1986, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992.  He and his students have received nine (9) Best Paper Awards or Best Student Paper Awards over the past two decades. He has also received several research and professional achievement awards, including the Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Mentoring Award in 2003, Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2010, the University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar – Sustained Achievement Award in 2012, and the State University of New York System Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2016. He is an IEEE Fellow since 2004 and an SPIE Fellow since 2007.