Shaun Canavan

Shaun Canavan

Associate Professor

ENB 315 | 813-974-3137

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Shaun Canavan received his PhD in Computer Science from Binghamton University. He is an Associate 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 60 publications in top conferences and journals such as CVPR, ICPR, ICMI, ACII, FG, Pattern Recognition Letters, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. He was the program chair for Face and Gesture 2024, and the publications chair for Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, 2023. He is the current general chair for FG 2025, and tutorial chair for ACII 2024. He is an associate editor for Pattern Recognition and Pattern Recognition Letters. His work is and has been supported by the DOD, NSF, and Amazon. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the AAAC.

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)