CCNY’s Yingli Tian beats the odds to become IEEE Fellow

Yingli Tian elevated to IEEE Fellow for her work in automatic facial expression analysis and human activity understanding and monitoring.

Four hundred thousand professionals are working across the globe to advance technology for humanity as members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  Each year, the organization elevates less than 1/10th of 1% of them to “Fellow”. Only 3% of that 1/10 of 1% are women. Yingli Tian, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York is one of those women.

Tian has been elevated to Fellow, effective 2018, by the IEEE in recognition of her contributions in two fields. As a world-leading expert in automatic facial expression analysis, Tian’s research on automatic facial expression analysis and the database has had significant impact on the research community and in industry. Her work has proved invaluable when applied to areas such as lie detection, banking, assisted driving, cultural differences, machine learning, and American Sign Language – just to name a few.

Tian’s status as a global technical leader in human activity understanding and monitoring was also a factor in her elevation. Her research work on video surveillance has been integrated into the IBM Smart Surveillance System, helping to detect things like whether a seemingly abandoned package is threatening or not.

All told, Tian’s work thus far has garnered nearly 200 publications with 12,400 citations worldwide, and more than $6 million in research grants.

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