Shaun Canavan

Shaun Canavan

Assistant Professor

ENB 315 | 813-974-3137

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Dr. Shaun Canavan received his PhD in Computer Science from Binghamton University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of South Florida. His research focuses broadly on Affective Computing and Human-Computer Interaction. He has over 50 publications in top conferences and journals such as CVPR, ICPR, ICMI, ACII, FG, Pattern Recognition Letters, and the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. He is currently a publications chair of Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction, 2023, along with program chair for Face and Gesture 2024. Previously, he was the demo chair for Face and Gesture 2019, and for Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, 2021. He has organized multiple workshops on topics related to applied affect recognition, medical applications of affective computing, and ubiquitous emotion recognition. His work is and has been supported by the DOD, NSF, Google, and Amazon. He is a member of the AAAC, IEEE, and ACM.

Research Interests

Affective computing; biometrics; computer vision; image processing; pattern recognition; human computer interaction

Teaching Interests

Affective computing; computer vision; biometrics; human computer interaction; data structures and algorithms; object-oriented programming


PhD in Computer Science, Binghamton University (2015)
MCIS in Computer Information Systems, Youngstown State University (2008)
BS in Computer Science, Youngstown State University (2006)

Honors and Awards

  • Affective Movement Recognition Challenge and Workshop best paper award. Task-based Classification of Reflective Thinking using Mixture of Classifiers (2021)

Key Activities

  • Program Chair, Face and Gesture Recognition (2024)
  • Publications Chair, Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction (2023)
  • Organized 1st Workshop on Interdisciplinary Applications of Biometrics and Identity Science at Face and Gesture Recognition (2023)
  • Organized 3rd Workshop on Applied Multimodal Affect Recognition at International Conference on Pattern Recognition (2022)
  • Demo Chair, Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction (2021)
  • IEEE Big Data Cup Challenges Chair (2021)