Ling Shao

Ling Shao is the Founding CEO and Chief Scientist of the Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), which has made a step change to the UAE’s research landscape in AI and become internationally recognized. He was also the initiator and a key founding member of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (the world’s first AI university), for which he served as the Founding Provost and Executive Vice President (2019-2021). He received his B.Eng. degree in Electronic and Information Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), his M.Sc. degree in Medical Image Analysis and his Ph.D. (D.Phil.) degree in Computer Vision from the University of Oxford. Previously, He was a Chief Scientist and a Technology VP (2017-2018) of, Chair Professor (2016-2018) in Computer Vision and Machine Learning and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Chair Professor (2014-2016) in Computer Vision and Machine Intelligence and Head of the Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Group with Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, a Senior Lecturer (2009-2014) with the University of Sheffield, UK and a Senior Scientist (2005-2009) with Philips Research, The Netherlands. His research interests include Computer Vision, Deep Learning/Machine Learning, Medical Imaging, and Vision and Language. He has authored/co-authored over 400 papers in top conferences/journals such as ICCV, CVPR, ECCV, NeurIPS, ICML, TPAMI and IJCV and over 20 EU/US patents.

Ling Shao served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and several other journals. He has edited four books and several special issues for journals such as IJCV and Pattern Recognition. He was the General Chair for BMVC 2018, has been an Area Chair or Program Committee member for many conferences, including ICCV, CVPR, ECCV and ACM MM, and a reviewer for many leading journals. He was selected as a ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ by the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) in 2018/2019/2020. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the IAPR, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the IET, and a Life Member of the ACM.

Most research interests for a scientist

  • Computer Vision
  • Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Imaging, Vision and Language


  • Artificial Intelligence