Qiang Yang is the head of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where he is a New Bright Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering. He is also the director of HKUST’s Big Data Institute. Between 2012 and 2014, he was a founding director of the Huawei Noah's Ark Research Lab. His research interests are artificial intelligence including machine learning and data mining. He is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, IAPR and AAAS. He had been an assistant/associate professor at the University of Waterloo between 1989 and 1995, and a professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair at Simon Fraser University in Canada from 1995 to 2001. He has been an invited speaker at IJCAI 2009, ACL 2009, ACML 2009 and ADMA 2008 and 2012, SDM 2012, WSDM 2013, etc. He was elected as a vice chair of ACM SIGART/SIGAI between 2010 and 2014. He was the founding Editor in Chief of the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST) and the founding EiC of IEEE Transactions on Big Data. He is on the editorial board of IEEE Intelligent Systems and several other international journals(IEEE, TKDE (2005-2009), AI Magazine, etc.). He has served as a PC co-chair and general co-chair of several international conferences, including ACM KDD 2010 and 2012, ACM RecSys 2013, ACM IUI 2010, ICCBR 2001, etc. He was the Program Committee Chair for IJCAI 2015 and was elected to be an AAAI Executive Council member in 2016. In 2017, he receives the SIGKDD Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves as the president of IJCAI’s board of trustees.