Dean, School of Computing


Professor Mohan Kankanhalli is the Dean of NUS School of Computing where he is the Provost’s Chair Professor of Computer Science. Before becoming the Dean in 2016, He was the NUS Vice Provost (Graduate Education) during 2014-2016 and Associate Provost (Graduate Education) during 2011-2013. Earlier, he was the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs & Graduate Studies at the NUS School of Computing during 2008-2010 and Vice-Dean for Research during 2001-2007.

Prof Kankanhalli obtained his BTech (Electrical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1986 and his MS and PhD (Computer and Systems Engineering) from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He was a researcher at the Institute of Systems Science at NUS from 1990-1997. He then became a faculty member at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 1997-1998 after which he joined NUS again. He visited the University of California at Berkeley from Jan-Jun 2004 and University College London during Jan-Apr 2013.

Prof Kankanhalli’s research interests are in Multimedia Computing, Information Security, Image/Video Processing and Social Media Analysis. He has made many contributions in the area of multimedia content processing – image and video retrieval, data fusion, visual saliency, computational media aesthetics as well as in multimedia security – multi-camera surveillance, content authentication and privacy. He is actively involved in the Multimedia Systems research community and was the Director of Conferences for ACM SIG Multimedia during 2009-2013. He is on the editorial boards of several journals including ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, Springer Multimedia SystemsPattern Recognition, and Journal on Big Data.

He directs the SeSaMe (Sensor-enhanced Social Media) Centre which does fundamental exploration of social cyber-physical systems which has applications in social sensing, sensor analytics and smart systems. SeSaMe, which has been funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation, works with many industry and academic partners.

Prof Kankanhalli is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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