Shih-Fu Chang, Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Engineering; and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Shih-Fu Chang is dean of Columbia Engineering, where he leads the education, research, and innovation mission of Columbia Engineering with more than 240 faculty, 1,800 undergraduate students, and 2,700 graduate students.

At Columbia Engineering, Dean Chang is responsible for developing cross-disciplinary initiatives and industry collaborations; recruiting top faculty and students; and leading the development and implementation of the school’s strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has greatly contributed to the growth and advancement of the School, propelling it to be one of the top engineering programs in the nation. He plays a key role in the creation of the School’s guiding vision, Columbia Engineering for Humanity.

As one of the most influential experts in multimedia, computer vision and artificial intelligence, his research has led to spinoff companies and licensed technology in multimedia search. The image search tools developed by his group have been used by more than 200 law enforcement agencies in fighting online human trafficking crimes. He has launched AI tools for online disinformation detection and attribution.

Dean Chang is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and IEEE, and an elected member of Academia Sinica. He receives the Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam and the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. He is the inaugural director for Columbia Center of AI Technology in collaboration with Amazon.

He received his BS from National Taiwan University in 1985 and his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley in 1993.