YIHONG GONG received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1987, 1989, and 1992, respectively. He then joined the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, where he worked as an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering for four years. From 1996 to 1998, he worked for the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University as a project scientist. He was a principal investigator for both the Informedia Digital Video Library project and the Experience-On-Demand project funded in multi-million dollars by NSF, DARPA, NASA, and other government agencies. In 1999, he joined NEC Laboratories America, and has been leading the Multimedia Analysis group since then. In 2006, he became the department head and site manager to lead the Cupertino branch of the labs. His research interests include multimedia content analysis, and machine learning applications. The major research achievements from his group include news video summarization, sports highlight detection, data clustering, SmartCatch video surveillance that led to a successful spin-off (www.vidient.com), and the first commercial intelligent software, FieldAnalyst, that is able to accurately detect and count the number of people captured by a surveillance camera, and to recognize genders and ages of the detected people. He led the R&D teams at NEC Labs America to have developed state-of-the-art technologies for video content analysis and human action recognition which have won the first place at the 2008, 2009 TRECVID Event Detection Contest organized by NIST, and 2009 PASCAL Contest organized by EU. He has published more than 100 technical papers, contributed two book chapters, and authored two books in the areas of machine learning and multimedia content analysis. He has been actively involved in various academic activities by serving as a reviewer of journals and a PC member of various international conferences and NSF panels.