Prof. Liming Chen was awarded a joint BSc degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Nantes in 1984. He obtained a Master degree in 1986 and a PhD in computer science from University Pierre and Marie Curie Paris 6 in 1989. He first served as associate professor at Université de Technologie de Compiègne, then joined Ecole Centrale de Lyon as Professor in 1998, where he leads an advanced research team on biometrics, computer vision and multimedia. He was promoted Professor 1st class in 2011. He is a recipient of the award of doctoral supervision and research (PEDR) continuously since 1995. He is a senior IEEE member and a guest professor at Central South University and Xi’an Jiaotong University.
Since 2007, Prof. Chen is a director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department (DMI), one of the five departments at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon. His mandate was further renewed in July 2013. DMI has two teaching teams and hosts two research units from Liris and ICJ, respectively. Liris and ICJ are two large laboratories (UMR) in mathematics and computer science, respectively, both supported by the French National Research Center (CNRS) and multi-sites.
After his arrival at Ecole Centrale de Lyon in September 1998, Prof. Chen has founded and led a research group focused on "Biometrics, Computer vision & multimedia" whose ultimate goal is to develop theories, algorithms and techniques to endow computers with human like capabilities to understand the images of scenes and multimedia data. The research interests of Prof. Chen’s group include 3D face analysis and recognition, recognition of visual objects and high-level concepts in images, as well as affective computing.
Up to the end of 2015, their research work was the subject of 34 theses under Prof. Chen’s supervision or co-supervision, including 31 theses since his appointment at ECL, 261 publications, including 1 book, 11 book chapters, 42 international journals, 2 national journals, 153 international conferences, 37 international workshops, and 15 national conferences, filed 6 patents and 2 software, 13 national or European collaborative research projects for a total amount of € 2.5 million, 11 industrial contracts for a total amount of 678.6 K€ incl.
Here are some other highlights of Prof. Chen’s career. Prof. Chen was an elected member of the Board of the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) from 1993 to 1997. In 2001, he was the founder of a Paris-based society, Avivias, specialized in management of audiovisual assets. He was a scientific advisor to Avivias until September 2003. In 2005, Prof. Chen was also a scientist advisor at France Telecom R & D China.