Dr. Rong Zhao is Director of Software Systems Division at the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) and a faculty member of Department of Computer Science and the College of Business at Stony Brook University. He has more than 16 years of software research and development experience and more than 9 years of project management and technology commercialization experience. His areas of expertise include data mining, machine learning, software engineering, user interfaces, and medical informatics. At CEWIT, his main responsibility is to initiate and lead interdisciplinary and multi-institutional R&D projects and oversee the development of technology-based solutions. He has published peer-reviewed papers in major journals and at many international conferences and has authored chapters in several books. He has provided consulting and training services to several Fortune 500 companies and served as an advisor, consultant or expert witness for companies in many industries. He has served as a program committee member or program chair for numerous international conferences, a book reviewer for John Wiley & Sons, and a grant review panelist for various government agencies and foundations. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Computers and Their Applications. He also serves as an advisor to the Long Island Angel Network which provides early stage capital to high technology companies.