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Qing Li received the PhD degree in computer science from USC. He is a professor at the City University of Hong Kong where has been in the Department of Computer Science since 1998. Prior to that, he has taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia). Professor Li is an author/coauthor of more than 260 published papers in peer-reviewerd journals and conferences in the areas of data modeling, multimedia database, data mining/warehousing, Web services, and e-learning systems. He has been actively involved in the research community by serving as an associate editor and reviewer for technical journals including the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, World Wide Web, etc., and as an organizer/co-organizer of numerous international conferences. Some recent conferences in which he is playing or has played major roles include APWeb-WAIM '09, ER '08, U-Media '08, WISE '07, ICWL '06, HSI '05, WAIM '04, VLDB '02, PAKDD '01, IFIP 2.6 DS-9, and WISE '00. In addition, he served as a program committee member for numerous international conferences (including VLDB, ICDE, ER, CIKM, ICDCS, CAiSE, DASFAA, etc.). He is currently a senior member of the IEEE, a member of ACM-SIGMOD, and the IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering. He is the chairperson of the Hong Kong Web Society, and also served/is serving as an executive committee (EXCO) member of the IEEE-Hong Kong Computer Chapter and the ACM Hong Kong Chapter. In addition, he serves as a councilor of the Database Society of Chinese Computer Federation, a councilor of the Computer Animation and Digital Entertainment Chapter of Chinese Computer Imaging and Graphics Society, and is a steering committee member of DASFAA, ICWL, and the international WISE Society.
Rynson W.H. Lau received the BSc degree from the University of Kent and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge. He has been on the faculty of the University of Durham, the City University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently with the City University of Hong Kong. He has served as the guest editor of a number of journal special issues, including the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Presence, IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, and IEEE Internet Computing. He has also served on the conference committee of a number of conferences, including as program cochair of ACM VRST '04, ICAT '06, ICEC '07, and IEEE U-Media '09, and as conference cochair of ACM VRST '05, CASA '05, and IDET '08.
Dennis McLeod received the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently a professor of computer science at the University of Southern California (USC) and director of the Semantic Information Research Laboratory at USC. He is also deputy director of the USC Center for Knowledge Integration and Discovery (a DHS University Research Center). Dr. McLeod has published widely in the areas of data and knowledge base systems, federated databases, database models and design, ontologies, knowledge discovery, scientific data management, information trust and privacy, and multimedia information management. His current research focuses on structured domain ontologies, user-customized information access, database semantic heterogeneity resolution and interdatabase correlation; personalized information management environments; information management environments for Earth science; database support for crisis management, environmental systems, and homeland security; and privacy and trust in information management systems.
Jiming Liu is a professor and the head of the Computer Science Department at Hong Kong Baptist University. His current research interests include: Autonomy-Oriented Computing (AOC), Web Intelligence (WI), and self-organizing systems and complex networks, with applications to: 1) characterizing working mechanisms that lead to emergent behavior in natural and artificial complex systems (e.g., phenomena in Web Science and the dynamics of social networks and neural systems), and 2) developing solutions to large-scale, distributed computational problems (e.g., distributed scalable scientific or social computing, and collective intelligence). Professor Liu has contributed to the scientific literature in those areas, including more than 250 journal and conference papers, and five authored research monographs, e.g., Autonomy Oriented Computing: From Problem Solving to Complex Systems Modeling (Kluwer Academic/Springer) and Spatial Reasoning and Planning: Geometry, Mechanism, and Motion (Springer). He serves as the editor-in-chief of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems and as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics—Part B, and Computational Intelligence, and is a member of the editorial boards of several other journals.