Farshad Fotouhi in 2011
|Fields||Computer Science, Databases, Data Mining, Semantic Web, Multimedia Systems, and Biomedical Informatics|
|Institutions||Wayne State University|
|Alma mater||Michigan State University|
|Doctoral advisor||Sakti Pramanik|
Farshad Fotouhi is the dean of Wayne State University's college of engineering.  Farshad Fotouhi joined Wayne State University in 1988 as faculty in the Department of Computer Science. From 2000 to 2004, he was associate chair of the department, and from 2004 to 2010 he was chair.
Life and career
Schooling and research
Fotouhi's research includes biomedical informatics, multimedia systems and the Semantic Web. He has published more than 190 papers in academic journals and conference proceedings.  His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Michigan Life Sciences Corridor, as well as Ford Motor Company and other companies.
He has been a program committee member for various conferences related to his research interests and is a member of the editorial board of IEEE Multimedia Magazine, chair of the Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Semantic Web and Information Systems. In recent years, Dr. Fotouhi has organized several workshops including the Workshop on Privacy in Information Society, the IEEE Workshop on Scientific Workflow, and the ACM workshop on the Many Faces of Multimedia Semantics.
Fotouhi's first priority upon becoming dean was to cut the budget by firing a lot of employees. In March 2011, he tried to reduce Greg Auner's SSIM staff to zero. When Paul Strauss, a major donor to the university, heard of the problems Auner was having, he halted a $2 million endowment, and customers who had been paying money to Wayne State to use Auner's lab (like Intel) stopped paying Wayne State and stopped using the lab. With the budget sufficiently cut, Fotouhi's second priority was a construction project for a larger, deluxe version of the dean's office. A few days earlier, the Department of Electrical Engineering voted no confidence in Fotouhi's leadership.
On February 7, 2014, James Woodyard, a tenured professor, resigned at a Board of Governors meeting in protest of Fotouhi's actions. The next week, Provost Margaret Winters released a statement claiming Fotouhi had been investigated "on two separate occasions and that the dean had come up clean." In May 2014, President Roy Wilson moved Auner out of Fotouhi's hierarchy and placed him under Valerie Parisi at the School of Medicine; Strauss plans to resume his endowment soon.
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