| He received his B.Sc. degree in electronic engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, in 1984, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K., in 1986 and 1989, respectively.
In October 1989, he joined the Computational Vision Group at the Department of Computer Science, The University of Reading, Reading, U.K., where he worked as a Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer. In January 1998, he returned to China to join the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition (NLPR), Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China, where he is currently Professor and Director of the NLPR, and the Director of the Institute. He is also Head of the Department of Automation, The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He has published more than 250 research papers in refereed journals and conferences in the areas of image processing, computer vision and pattern recognition. His current research interests include biometrics, image and video understanding, digital watermarking and information hiding.
Dr Tan is a Fellow of the IEEE and the IAPR (the International Association of Pattern Recognition). He has served as chair or program committee member for many major national and international conferences. He is or has served as Associate Editor or member of editorial boards of many leading international journals including IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Pattern Recognition, Pattern Recognition Letters, Image and Vision Computing, etc. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Automation and Computing, and Acta Automatica Sinica. He is Chair of the IAPR Technical Committee on Biometrics, the founding chair of the IAPR/IEEE International Conference on Biometrics, and Chair of the IEEE Beijing Section as well as member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Region 10 (the Asia-Pacific Region). He currently serves as the Acting President of the Chinese Society of Image and Graphics, and Deputy President of the China Computer Federation and the Chinese Automation Association. He has given invited talks and keynotes at many universities and international conferences.