Xiaofang Zhou, IEEE Fellow
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
Prof. Xiaofang Zhou is Otto Poon Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing University in 1984 and 1987 respectively, and PhD in Computer Science from University of Queensland (UQ) in 1994. From 1994 to 1999, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist in Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, leading its Spatial Information Systems group. He joined University of Queensland in 1999 and became a Professor of Computer Science in 2004. From 2006 to 2020, he was Head of UQ Data and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) research group and Data Science discipline.
His research focus is to find effective and efficient solutions for managing, integrating, and analysing large-scale complex data for business, scientific and personal applications. He has been working in the area of spatiotemporal and multimedia databases, data mining, data quality management, big data analytics, and machine learning. He received the Best Paper Awards at WISE 2012&2013, ICDE 2015&2019, DASFAA 2016 and ADC 2019. He was a Program Committee Chair of IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2013), ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2016), and International Conference on Very Large Databases (PVLDB 2020). He was a General Chair of ACM Multimedia Conference (MM 2015). He was the Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering from 2015-2018. Professor Zhou is a Fellow of IEEE.
Dr. Anu A. Gokhale is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems at Saint Augustine’s University. She is scheduled to visit Cairo University in Egypt during 2022 as Fulbright Specialist in Data Analytics. Formerly, she was a Distinguished Professor and Coordinator of the Computer Systems Technology program at Illinois State University (ISU). Gokhale has completed thirty years as faculty and has received several College and University research, teaching and service awards. Having earned certifications in online delivery, she was recruited to mentor colleagues in online teaching beginning March 2020. Gokhale was named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in STEM+C at the University of Pernambuco, Brazil, 2016-17; was a Faculty Fellow in Israel and Fulbright Specialist in Cybersecurity at Gujarat Technological University, India in summer 2017. As a Visiting Professor in College of Business at Shandong University in Jinan, China in spring 2017, her focus was on e-commerce. Her achievements encompass extensively cited refereed publications; groundbreaking externally funded research supported by a continuous 20-year stream of grants from state and federal agencies including the National Science Foundation; and elevation of the ISU student experience through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and the creation of opportunities for students to get involved in research. Originally from India, she has a master’s in physics‒electronics from the College of William & Mary, and a doctorate from Iowa State University.
Dr. Gokhale authored a second edition of her book Introduction to Telecommunications, which has an international edition in Chinese. She continues to be an invited keynote speaker at various conferences, latest ones include: International Conference on Information System and Data Mining, San Jose, USA; and 2019 International Conference on Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, China. As an active volunteer in IEEE, she has served as R4 Educational Activities Chair, Women in Engineering Coordinator, and MGA representative to the Educational Activities Board. She was honored with the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and 2019 Region 4 Outstanding Professional Award. She consults for business and industry to increase productivity using data analytics and business intelligence while leveraging e-technologies. She has delivered multiple workshops focusing on inclusion & diversity as well as on algorithms and data analytics.