Curriculum Vitae


Arnold Smeulders 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.

Personal Details


  • Prof. dr. ir. Arnold Smeulders


  • Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam
    Informatics Institute
    Faculty of Science
    University of Amsterdam
    Science Park 107
    NL-1098 XG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands


Curriculum Vitae

  • 19/02/1952
    Born in The Hague, the Netherlands
  • 1977
    Graduated from Delft Technical University, faculty of Applied Physics
  • 1975-1981
    M.Sc- and Ph.D-assistant at the University of Leiden, faculty of Medicine, advisors prof. dr A. R. Bakker and prof. dr J.S. Ploem on the topic of cervical cell pattern analysis.
  • 1981-1984
    Junior scientist at the city hospital of Delft, and, the Technical University of Delft (0.2), faculty of Applied Physics, Pattern Recognition group.
  • 1984-1989
    Assistant professor at the Free University of Amsterdam, Medical Faculty, Pathology and Medical Informatics. When the group moved to the Erasmus University Rotterdam, associate professor of Medical Informatics.
  • 1989-1995
    Full professor (0.2fte) at the University of Amsterdam, faculty of Biology, department of Molecular Cell Biology and associate professor (0.8) at the faculty of Computer Science.
  • 1994-present
    Full professor at the faculty of Computer Science, University of Amsterdam, in the area of multimedia information processing.
  • 1996-1998
    Treasurer of the faculty of Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Computer Sciences.
  • 1997-2001
    Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Logic, University of Amsterdam and later Director of the Research Institute Computer Science, University of Amsterdam.
  • 2002-2005
    Interim director of the computer science curriculum, and subsequently of the Informatics curriculum, University of Amsterdam.
  • 2004-present
    Scientific and General Director of MultimediaN, the 32 MEuro public-private partnership on Multimedia in the Netherlands.
  • 2005-2009
    Head of the Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam at the University of Amsterdam.
  • 2005-present
    Scientific director of the ASCI research school on computing and imaging in the Netherlands.
  • 2008-present
    Chairman of the Board IPN

Married and two children.