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Dec. 17, 2019

Anil Jain elected Foreign Member by the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Anil Jain, University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, or CAS. He was selected for his scientific achievements and contributions to promoting the development of science and technology in China.

Election to the academy is one of the highest honors that China bestows on a citizen of a foreign country. Jain will be honored during the CAS 20th General Assembly in Beijing in June 2020. 

Jain is world-renowned for his research in biometric recognition, pattern recognition and computer vision, in particular fingerprint and face matching technology.

“The Chinese Academy of Sciences includes outstanding academics and provides an important and valued source of collaboration for a number of MSU faculty research groups,” said Stephen Hsu, senior vice president for research and innovation at MSU.

Jain’s list of academic honors is extensive. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C. in 2016 — one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer in the United States. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the World Academy of Science, and became a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2016. He was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2015.

Jain was one of 17 inaugural appointments to the U.S. Forensic Science Standards Board, an organization dedicated to identifying and fostering standards and guidelines for the nation’s forensic science community. 

He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Humboldt Research Award, a Fulbright Scholarship, the IAPR King-Sun Fu Prize, and the IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award. For advancing pattern recognition, Jain was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2018.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Jain joined MSU in 1974 and was named a University Distinguished Professor in 1992. 

By: Patricia Mroczek