Arnold Smeulders received an M.Sc from the Technical University of Delft in physics in 1977, and in 1983, a PhD from the medical faculty of Leiden University on the topic of visual pattern analysis. Subsequently, I was associated professor in medical image analysis at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 1989, I moved to the University of Amsterdam to become associate professor of computer science and full professor in biological image processing. Since 1994, I am full professor in multimedia information analysis at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam.
Currently, I lead the Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam. ISLA is composed of three groups. The IAS group researches intelligent autonomous systems and the ILPS group investigates information and language processing. The Intelligent Sensory Information Systems group, ISIS, conducts research in the theory, practice, and implementation of multimedia information analysis. In this group, my scientific interest is in computer vision, content-based image and video retrieval, tracking, learning, and pictures and language. ISIS has an extensive record in co-operations with Dutch industry and long-term relations with the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid and the Nederlands Forensisch Instituut. Since 2001, I am director of MultimediaN, a nation-wide, large program for multimedia information processing supported by the Dutch government. I am currently also director of ASCI, a nation-wide research school on computing and imaging. I am an associate editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision and of the IEEE transactions on multimedia. Since 2000, I am elected fellow of International Association of Pattern Recognition, and I am a honorary member of the Dutch Society for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing.
As concerns the past, in 1987, I received a Fulbright grant for a visiting associate professorship at Yale University. I was visiting professor at the City University Hong Kong and ETL Tsukuba Japan. I was associated editor of the IEEE transactions PAMI as well as Cytometry. I served as the treasurer of the Faculty in 1996-1997, director of the institute 1997-2001, and as a director of educational programs 2001-2004. In 2005, I was chairman of the organizing committee of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo 2005 in Amsterdam.
Married and two children.