Arnold Smeulders received an M.Sc from the Technical University of Delft in physics in 1977, and in 1983, a PhD from the medical faculty of Leiden University on the topic of visual pattern analysis.
Subsequently, he was associated professor in medical image analysis at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 1989, he moved to the University of Amsterdam to become associate professor of computer science and full professor in biological image processing.
Since 1994, he is full professor in multimedia information analysis at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam. Currently, he lead the Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam.