Recent Collaborators

ASU/CSE Awards

Top 5% Faculty Award, Fulton Schools of Engineering, 2014
Top 5% Faculty Award, Fulton Schools of Engineering, 2012

Best Teacher Award, Fulton Schools of Engineering, 2013
Best Teacher Award, Fulton Schools of Engineering, 2013

Top 5% Faculty Award, Fulton Schools of Engineering, 2012
Top 5% Faculty Award, Fulton Schools of Engineering, 2012

Distinguished Service'09
Distinguished Service in Computer Science and Engineering Award, 2009

Researcher of the Year'08
Researcher of the Year Award,2008

Service Faculty'07
Service Faculty of the Year Award, 2007


My main goal in teaching is to bridge the gap between the curricula of the two related fields of multimedia systems and
information management. In order to address the convergence in the application domains of multimedia and data and information management disciplines, I see an impending need for undergraduate and graduate curricula that will not only educate students separately in each individual domain, but will also provide a common perspective. Most importantly, the curricula must introduce students to the concept of heterogeneity in data, data sources, and systems, as the convergence of different application domains generally means an increase in the heterogeneity of their underlying, relatively less-complex, domains

Both as assistant and as associate professor at the Arizona State University, I worked towards realizing a curriculum that brings multimedia and database education closer. Early on, as an assistant professor at ASU, I introduced a graduate seminar course titled "Multimedia Databases." Later this course has been transformed into a popular course under the more descriptive title of "Multimedia and Web Databases." This course focuses on the state of the art in nontraditional database applications, including multimedia and Web databases, and prepare students for research in database technologies that address the needs of these applications. In particular, the course covers techniques and challenges associated with storage and query processing for retrieval of inexact data.

I also created a new graduate course, titled``Database Management System Implementation.'' The purpose of this course is to study established techniques for  implementing database management systems through a semester-long project and reading materials covering the classic as well as cutting-edge literature in the area of database systems. The course not only educates students in the internals of database management systems, but it also highlights why and how these systems may be modified in the near future to accommodate the needs of new applications.

These two new courses will fill in the gap between the existing multimedia -and database- related courses and will let students explore challenges in both domains through a more closely structured curriculum.

More recently, in 2007, I developed a new, undergraduate course, titled ``Data and Information Security.''  This course introduces students to concepts of authentication, confidentiality, integrity and privacy; data and database security; access control; authentication in distributed systems; trust models; watermarking; and private information retrieval. The course also covers multimedia authentication and media information hiding techniques, such as watermarking.

Short bio

K. Selcuk Candan is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Science Engineering at the Arizona State University and is leading the EmitLab research group. He joined the department in August 1997, after receiving his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Prof. Candan's primary research interest is in the area of management of non-traditional, heterogeneous, and imprecise (such as multimedia, web, and scientific) data.  His various research projects in this domain are funded by diverse sources, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Mellon Foundation, and DES/RSA (Rehabilitation Services Administration). He has published over 140 articles and many book chapters. He has also authored 9 patents. Recently, he co-authored a book titled "Data Management for Multimedia Retrieval" for the Cambridge University Press and co-edited "New Frontiers in Information and Software as Services: Service and Application Design Challenges in the Cloud" for Springer.

Prof. Candan served an editorial board member of one of the most respected database journals, the Very Large Databases (VLDB) journal. He is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the Journal of Multimedia. He has served in the organization and program committees of various conferences. In 2006, he served as an organization committee member for SIGMOD'06, the flagship database conference of the ACM and one of the best conferences in the area of management of data. In 2008, he served as a PC Chair for another leading, flagship conference of the ACM, this time focusing on multimedia research (MM'08). More recently, he served as a program committee group leader for ACM SIGMOD’10. He also served in the review board of the Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (PVLDB). In 2011, he served in the Executive Committee of ACM SIGMM.

In 2010, he was a program co-chair for ACM CIVR'10 conference and a program group leader for ACM SIGMOD'10. In 2011, he is serving as a general co-chair for the ACM MM'11 conference. In 2012, he served as a general co-chair for ACM SIGMOD'12. In 2015, he will serve as a general co-chair for IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E'15).

He is a member of the Executive Committee of ACM SIGMOD and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

For his curriculum vitae, please click here.