Arif Ghafoor is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and is the coordinator of Distributed Multimedia Systems Laboratory. Ghafoor leads several research projects related to design and development of distributed multimedia systems, multimedia data modeling, and broadband multimedia communication. His research involves both theoretical and experimental studies in these areas. Most recently, he has also been investigating security issues for database management systems.
Ghafoor has served in an organizational capacity for numerous conferences and workshops. Currently, he is serving on the editorial boards of various journals including ACM/ Springer Multimedia Systems Journal, the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Databases, and the International Journal on Computer Networks. He has served as a Guest/Co-Guest Editor for special issues of various journals including ACM/ Springer Multimedia Systems Journal, the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, the IEEE Journal on the Selected Areas in Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. He is a co-author of a book Semantic Models for Multimedia Database Searching and Browsing, (2000). He also a co-edited a book entitled, Multimedia Document Systems in Perspectives, (1999).
He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received 1993 Advisor Excellence Award by the Purdue Student Government.