Benjamin Wah

Benjamin Wan -Sang Wah (* in Hong Kong ) is a Chinese computer scientist.

Wah in Hong Kong went to school and studied electrical engineering and computer science at Columbia University and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his doctorate. From 1979 he taught at Purdue University; From 1985 he was professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, where he retired in 2011. He was also from 2008 to 2009 director of the Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore. After visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was in 1998/99, he was there from 1999 to 2003 Adjunct Professor, where it is today Provost and Professor.

It deals with nonlinear programming and optimization, signal processing in multimedia (eg algorithms to data losses compensate ) and artificial intelligence.

In 2006 he received the W. Wallace McDowell Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also president of the IEEE Computer Society.

Wah is the editor of Wiley encyclopedia of computer science and engineering (2009)


  • Data management on distributed data bases, UMI Research Press 1981
  • With G.-J. Li Computers for artificial intelligence applications: tutorial, IEEE Computer Society Press 1986
  • Publisher CV Ramamoorthy Computers for artificial intelligence processing, Wiley 1990
  • Publisher with Pankaj Mehra: Artificial neural networks: concepts and theory, IEEE Computer Society Press 1992