Yao-Wen Chang was born in Chia-Yi, Taiwan in 1966. He received the B.S. degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 1988, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

He is an IEEE Fellow and is currently the IEEE CEDA Vice President of Technical Activities. Currently, he is Associate Dean and MXIC Chair Professor of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the MXIC Chair Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering, NTU, Taipei, Taiwan. He was the director/chairman of the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering of NTU from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Chang was a visiting professor of Waseda University in Japan from 2005 to 2010 and a visiting scholar of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014.