Ya Zhang is currently a Professor in Cooperative Medianet Innovation Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and chief AI scientist of State Key Laboratory of UHD video and audio production and presentation. Her research interest is mainly on machine learning with applications to multimedia and healthcare. Dr. Zhang holds a PhD degree in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University in China. Before joining Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Zhang was a research manager at Yahoo! Labs, where she leaded a R&D team of researchers with strong background in data mining and machine learning to improve the web search quality of Yahoo international markets. Prior to joining Yahoo, Dr. Zhang was an assistant professor at University of Kansas with research focus on machine learning applications in bioinformatics and information retrieval. Dr. Zhang published more than 100 refereed papers in prestigious international conferences and journals including TPAMI, TIP, TNNLS, ICDM, CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, and ECML. She currently holds 5 US patents and 14 China patents. She is appointed as the Chief Expert for a 863 project by Ministry of science and technology of China. She was selected as a young star of science and technology in Shanghai, won several best paper awards of international journals and conferences, and directed one Outstanding Doctorate Dissertations awarded by Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence.