TCMC Chair Candidate

Shu-Ching Chen



Dr. Shu-Ching Chen is a Full Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), Florida International University (FIU), Miami since August 2009. Prior to that, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor in SCIS at FIU from 1999. He received Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998 and Master's degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Civil Engineering in 1992, 1995, and 1996, respectively, all from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. He is the Director of Distributed Multimedia Information Systems Laboratory and Associate Director of The Center for Advanced Distributed System Engineering at SCIS. His main research interests include distributed multimedia database management systems, content-based image/video retrieval, multimedia systems, multimedia data mining, and disaster information management.

Dr. Chen has authored or coauthored more than 250 research papers in journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. Dr. Chen received the best paper award from 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia. He has been a General Chair, Conference Chair, and Program Chair for more than 35 conferences, symposiums, and workshops. He was a member of a steering committee and several panels. He also serves/served as a member of technical program committee for more than 230 professional meetings.  Many of these meetings are related to multimedia research areas. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Multimedia Data Engineering and Management and Associate Editors/Editorial Board for other fifteen journals. Dr. Chen also serves/served as a guest editor for ten journal special issues. He serves as the co-chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Knowledge Acquisition in Intelligent Systems.

Dr. Chen was named a 2011 recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Chen was awarded the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society's Outstanding Contribution Award in 2005 and was co-recipient of the IEEE Most Active SMC Technical Committee Award in 2006. He was also awarded the Inaugural Excellence in Graduate Mentorship Award from FIU in 2006, the University Outstanding Faculty Research Award from FIU in 2004, the Excellence in Mentorship Award from SCIS in 2006, Outstanding Faculty Service Award from SCIS in 2004, and the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from SCIS in 2002 and 2012. He is the Fellow of Society for Information Reuse and Integration and IEEE Senior Member. He served as the chair of the Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing in 2011-2012.



Through the technological advances in data acquisition, storage, computing, and analysis, huge amounts of multimedia data have become increasingly available and created new interesting technical possibilities in a variety of applications. This makes multimedia computing a very challenge and interesting field. In my term as the TCMC chair from 2011 to 2012, TCMC has received excellent evaluation results from IEEE Computer Society Technical & Conference Activities Board for the vitality check on Technical Committees for two consecutive years. We have shown continued success in TCMC activities, particularly in the following areas.

  1. We formed an active executive committee pursuing a diversity of activities, such as sponsoring the BIBE, ICCI/CC, ICME, ICTAI, ICVRV, IRI, ISM, ISSSC, SITIS, VL/HCC, and WISA conferences.
  2. We held several TCMC ExCom meetings at regular intervals in these two years. These meetings were open to general audience and provided a forum for members and non-members to exchange ideas on how to build a stronger community.
  3. We provided services to TC members, such as regular newsletters announcing activities and important dates for conferences, maintaining an up-to-date web portal, and communicating with the membership via the annual report.
  4. We proactively recruited new members through personal email invitations, especially to those from under-represented groups.
  5. We established six TCMC special interest groups to promote various areas in Multimedia Security and Privacy, Multimedia Data Mining, Semantic Multimedia Management, Audio and Speech Processing for Multimedia, Multimedia Technologies for E-Learning, and Video Analytics.
  6. We actively worked with IEEE Circuits and System Society, Communications Society, and Signal Processing Society for IEEE ICME conference and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.
  7. We distributed TCMC recruitment flyers at major multimedia conferences such as IEEE ISM, ACM MM, and IEEE ICME.
  8. We proactively reached out to TC members about opportunities to be involved in the technical program committee and/or the organizing committee of internationally renowned conferences, and journal guest editorship.
  9. We participated the Computer Society TAC meetings and submitted annual reports;
  10. We provided services to the Multimedia Computing community at large by promoting TCMC members for various prestigious awards, including IEEE Fellows, IEEE Technical Achievement Awards, and IEEE Senior members.


If I were re-elected as the chair of TCMC, my main goal will be to work with researchers and practitioners in this field to promote multimedia computing research, technologies, and applications with the help of the executive committee. In order to reach this goal, I will take the following actions.

  1. Continue to support existing and new multimedia conferences and help to build up premier and flagship IEEE multimedia conferences by working with other IEEE societies.
  2. Continue to communicate the members via newsletters to provide useful information to members such as conferences, journal special issues, funding opportunities, job opportunities, research groups, new technologies, new tools, etc. We will submit news and events announcements to the Computer Society's "Member Connection" and "Conference Connection" newsletters, as well as CS Social Networking tools.
  3. Continue to publicize TCMC activities and opportunities to attract more people to join TCMC, especially graduate students and young researchers. The TCMC will welcome their new ideas and suggestions.
  4. Continue to work with multimedia conference organizers to have young researcher forum (including Ph.D. students) so that they will have the opportunities to know their peer and also interact with the leaders in this field.
  5. Continue to help to organize events (e.g., panels) in different meetings to discuss the challenges, opportunities, emerging topics, and future directions of multimedia research and development.
  6. Continue to identify and recruit energetic volunteers and recommend them to multimedia conferences as organizing committee members and/or program committee members.
  7. Continue to help to promote and build up the collaborations between academia and industries in multimedia computing.
  8. Continue to promote TCMC members for various prestigious awards.