Jianbo Shi was born in Shanghai,
Since then he has been moving.
He studied Computer Science and Mathematics
as an undergraduate at Cornell University
where he received his B.A. in 1994. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley in 1998, for his thesis on Normalize Cuts image segmentation algorithm.
He joined The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 as a research faculty, where he lead the
Human Identification at Distance(HumanID) project, developing vision techniques for human identification and activity inference.
In January 2003, he joined the Department of Computer & Information Science at University
of Pennsylvania where he is
currently a Professor.
His current research focus on human behavior analysis and image recognition-segmentation. His other research interests include image/video retrieval, and vision based desktop computing. His long-term interests center around a broader area of machine intelligence, he wishes to develop a "visual thinking" module that allows computers not only to understand the environment around us, but also to achieve higher level cognitive abilities such as machine memory and learning.