Thomas S. Huang

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thomas S Huang
Research Professor
2039 Beckman Institute MC 251
405 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
Maybelle Leland Swanlund Endowed Chair Emeritus
2039 Beckman Institute MC 251
405 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Robotics, vision, and artificial intelligence - Computer vision and pattern recognition

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  • Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963

Research Statement

My research lies in two related areas: Multimodal (esp. audio and visual) human computer interaction; and Multimedia (images, video, audio, text) annotation and search. Research projects in the first area include: Visual hand tracing and gesture recognition; audio-visual recognition of gender, age group, and emotion. Projects in the second area include: Web-based face annotation and recognition; multimedia profiling of broadcast news anchors.

Research Interests

  • Image Processing, Image Compression, Computer Vision, Human Computer Interaction, Image and Video Databases, Machine Learning

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Autonomous vehicular technology, UAVs
  • Cognitive computing
  • Data science and analytics
  • Human computer interactions
  • Imaging science and systems
  • Machine learning
  • Machine vision
  • Medical imaging


  • Honorary Chair, ACM Conference on Content-Based Image and Video Retrieval (2008)
  • Honorary Chair, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (2008)
  • Honorary Professor at: Shandong University; Chinese Ocean Uniersity; Qin Tao University of Technology, PRC; and national Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • IBM Faculty Award (2006)
  • Picture Coding Symposium: Pioneering Research in Picture Coding Award (2006)
  • IS&T and SPIE Imaging Scientist of the Year Award (2006)
  • Okawa Prize for Information and Telecommunations Technology, 2005.
  • Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, 2005.
  • Center for Advanced Study Professor, UIUC, 2003-
  • IBM Faculty Award, 2002 and 2003
  • Honored by three former students who edited a Festschrift: A. C. Bovik, C. W. Chen, and D. Goldgof (eds.), "Advances in Image Processing and Understanding: A Festschrift for Thomas S. Huang," World Scientific, 2002.
  • Pan Wen-Yuan Outstanding Research Award, Pan Wen-Yuan Foundation, 2002
  • King-Sun Fu Prize, International Association of Pattern Recognition, 2002
  • Information Science Award, Association of Intelligent Machinery, 2002
  • Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2002
  • Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Engineering, 2001
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2001
  • IEEE Jack Kilby Medal, 2001
  • Honda Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Motion Analysis, 2000
  • IEEE Third Millenium Medal, 2000
  • Speech, and Signal Processing, 1998.
  • Signal Processing at the IEEE Int. Conf. on Acoustics,
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society, honored as a Pioneer in
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society "Oral History" interviewee, 1997
  • Peter Bartel Visiting Professor, U. Washington, 1997
  • William L. Everitt Distinguished Professor, Dept. of ECE, UIUC, 1996-
  • University Scholar, UIUC, 1990
  • Associate in Center for Advanced Study, UIUC, 1990-91
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society, Society Award, 1991
  • IEEE ASSP Society Technical Achievement Award, 1988
  • Pattern Recognition (An International Journal), Best Paper Awards: 1989, 1992, and 1995
  • Co-author of IEEE ASSP Society Best Paper, 1986
  • Fellow, Japan Society for the promotion of science, 1986
  • SPIE, Fellow
  • International Association of Pattern Recognition, Fellow
  • Optical Society of America, Fellow, 1986
  • IEEE, Fellow, 1979
  • A. V. Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Award, 1976-77
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1971-72

Research Honors

  • Co-authors of Best DoCoMo Inovation Paper Award, IEEE Int. Conference on Image Processing, San Antonio, TX, 2007
  • Keynote Speaker, International conference on Biometrics, Seoul, Korea, 2007
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE Motion Workshop, Austin, TX, 2007
  • Co-author of Best Student Paper Award, ACM International Conference on Content-Based Image and Video Retrieval, 2006
  • Co-author of Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Pattern Recognition, 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, International Forum on Digital Media, Shanghai, China, November 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, German Conference on Pattern Recognition, Berlin, Germany, September 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Exposition, Toronto, Canda, July 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing, Buchrest, Romania, July 2005
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia, Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 2004
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing, Siena, Italy, Sept. 2004
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE Symposium on Communication, Control, and Signal Processing, Tunis, Tunisia, March 2004.
  • Keynote Speaker, Digital Image Computing Techniques and Applications, Sydney, Australia, December 2003,
  • Keynote Speaker, International Picture Coding Symposium, St. Malo, France, August 2003,
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Exposition, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2002,
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. Conf. on Pattern Recognition, Quebec, Canada, 2002
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. Conf. on Augmented and Virtual Reality and 3D (ICAV3D), Mykonos, Greece, 2001
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. computer Symposium, Chungli, Taiwan, ROC, Dec. 2000
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. conf. on Images and Graphics, Tianjian, PRC, 2000
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. Workshop on Very Low Bitrate Video Coding, Kobe, Japan, Oct. 1999
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. Conference on Image Analysis and Processing, Slovenia, Sept. 1999
  • Keynote Speaker, NATO Conf. on Computer Vision and Graphics, Slovenia, Aug. 1999
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE Int. Workshop on Neural Networks for Signal Processing, Madison, WI, Aug. 1999
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. Conf. on Audio- and Video-Based Person Authentication, March 1999, DC
  • Keynote Speaker, Workshop on Gestures, March 1999, Paris, France
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. Conference on Computer Science, Dec. 1998, Taiwan..
  • Keynote Speaker, Joint Conferences on Information Sciences, Oct. 1998, Research Triangle Park, NC.
  • Keynote Speaker, International Symposium on Multimedia Signal Processing, Dec. 1997, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Patter Recognition, Aug. 1996, Vienna, Austria
  • Keynote Speaker, International Workshop on Stereoscopy and 3D Imaging, Santorini, Greece, Sept. 6, 1995
  • Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Computer Vision, Hong Kong, Dec. 11, 1995
  • Distinguished Lecturer, City University of New York, University Central Florida, U Massachusetts Amherst, 2006
  • Distinguished Lecturer, University of Rochester, Center for Electronic Imaging, April 11, 1995
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Texas A & M, Dept. EE, April 28, 1995
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer, 1993-94
  • International Association Pattern Recognition, Fellow, 1994
  • Invited to write the leading article in the 100th Commorative issue of the Japanese Society of Image Electronics Engineers
  • Distinguished Lecturer, University of Southern California, Feb. 26, 1993
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Virginia Polytech, April 14, 1992
  • Keynote Speaker, Int. Conf. on Intelligent Information Systems, Oct. 23-25, 1992, Beijing, China (PRC)
  • Keynote Speaker, SPIE Conf. on Visual Communication and Image Processing, Nov. 1992, Boston, MA
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 1993-94
  • The paper "Image Processing" by T. S. Huang, W. F. Schreiber, and O. J. Tretiak, in Proc. IEEE, Nov. 1971, was designated by citation index as a citation classic.
  • Listed in "Who's Who in America"
  • Listed as one of the top 15 experts in machine vision in the world in a report on machine vision prepared by E-F. Hutton, 1986.
  • Member - Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu.

Courses Taught

  • CSE 543 - Topics in Image Processing
  • ECE 547 - Topics in Image Processing