CHUA Tat Seng

KITHCT Chair Professor
Director, NUS-Tsinghua Extreme Search Center (NExT)

Ph.D. (Computer Science, University of Leeds, UK, Feb 1983)
B.Sc. (Civil Engineering & Computer Science, University of Leeds, UK, Jun 1979)
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Research Areas

  • Media

Research Sub Areas

Research Interests

  • Unstructured Multimodal Data Analytics
  • Multimedia and Social Media Computing
  • Computational Wellness and Finance
  • Multimedia Information Processing


Dr Chua is the KITHCT Chair Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He is also the distinguish Visiting Professor of Tsinghua. Dr Chua was the Founding Dean of the School from 1998-2000. His main interests are in multimedia information retrieval and social media analytics. In particular, his research focuses on the extraction, retrieval and question-answering of text, video and live media arising from the Web and social networks. He is the Director of a joint research Center between NUS and Tsinghua (NExT) to research into big unstructured multi-source multimodal data analytics. Dr Chua is active in the international research community. He is the recipient of ACM SIGMM Technical Achievements Award 2015. He has organized and served as program committee member of numerous international conferences in the areas of computer graphics, multimedia and text processing. He is the conference co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2005, ACM CIVR 2005, ACM SIGIR 2008 and ACM Web Science 2015. He serves in the editorial boards of: ACM Transactions of Information Systems (ACM), The Visual Computer (Springer Verlag), and Multimedia Tools and Applications (Kluwer). He is the chair of steering committee of ICMR (International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval) and Multimedia Modeling conference series. Dr Chua co-founded of two technology startup companies based on research in NExT. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK.

Research Group

Research Project

Teaching Innovation

Selected Publications

  • Xiang Wang, Xiangnan He, Fuli Feng, Liqiang Nie and Tat-Seng Chua: TEM: Tree-enhanced Embedding Model for Explainable Recommendation. To appear in WWW 2018. France 2018.
  • Xindi Shang, Tongwei Ren, Jingfan Guo, Hanwang Zhang, Tat-Seng Chua: Video Visual Relation Detection. ACM Multimedia 2017: 1300-1308 2017
  • Hanwang Zhang, Zawlin Kyaw, Shih-Fu Chang, Tat-Seng Chua: Visual Translation Embedding Network for Visual Relation Detection. CVPR 2017: 3107-3115. 2017
  • Mohammad Akbari, Xia Hu, Fei Wang, Tat-Seng Chua: Wellness Representation of Users in Social Media: Towards Joint Modelling of Heterogeneity and Temporality. IEEE Trans. Knowl. Data Eng. 2910: 2360-2373 2017
  • Xiangnan He, Tat-Seng Chua: Neural Factorization Machines for Sparse Predictive Analytics. SIGIR 2017: 355-364 2017
  • Liqiang Nie, Xuemeng Song, Tat-Seng Chua: Learning from Multiple Social Networks. Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2016
  • Hanwang Zhang, Fumin Shen, Wei Liu, Xiangnan He, Huanbo Luan, Tat-Seng Chua: Discrete Collaborative Filtering. SIGIR 2016: 325-334. 2016 ACM SIGIR 2016 Honarable Mention Award
  • Han Hu, Yonggang Wen, Tat-Seng Chua, Xuelong Li: Toward Scalable Systems for Big Data Analytics: A Technology Tutorial. IEEE Access 2: 652-687 2014
  • Hanwang Zhang, Zheng-Jun Zha, Yang Yang, Shuicheng Yan, Yue Gao, Tat-Seng Chua: Attribute-augmented semantic hierarchy: towards bridging semantic gap and intention gap in image retrieval. ACM Multimedia 2013: 33-42. 2013 ACM MM Best Student Paper Award
  • Meng Wang, Richang Hong, Xiao-Tong Yuan, Shuicheng Yan, Tat-Seng Chua: Movie2Comics: Towards a Lively Video Content Presentation, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 143-2: 858-870 2012. IEEE Transactions on Multimedia 2015 Prize Paper Award Honarable Mention

Awards & Honours

  • ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award 2015 (for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications)

Teaching (2021/2022)

  • CS6240: Multimedia Analysis
  • CS4242: Social Media Computing