Derong Liu received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. He was a Staff Fellow with General Motors Research and Development Center, from 1993 to 1995. He was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, from 1995 to 1999. He joined the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999, and became a Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science in 2006. He was selected for the “100 Talents Program” by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008, and now he serves as the Associate Director of The State Key Laboratory of Management and Control for Complex Systems at the Institute of Automation. He has published 15 books (six research monographs and nine edited volumes). He is an elected AdCom member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. He was the General Chair of 2014 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence and is the General Chair of 2016 World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation. He received the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation in 1999, the University Scholar Award from University of Illinois from 2006 to 2009, and the Overseas Outstanding Young Scholar Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2008. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the International Neural Network Society.