Dr. Tao Li is currently an associate professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester in July 2004. His research interests are in data mining, machine learning, information retrieval, and bioinformatics. He is the recipient of NSF CAREER Award (2006-2011), multiple IBM Faculty Research Awards (2005, 2007 & 2008), and Xerox Research Awards (2005-2008 & 2011-2014). He has published prolifically in top journals and conferences and has served on the program committees of many international conferences.