Wei Ding received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston in 2008. She has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the University of Massachusetts Boston since 2008. Her research interests include data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computational semantics, and with applications to health science, astronomy, geosciences, and environmental sciences. She has published more than 85 referred research papers, 1 book, and has 2 patents. She is an Associate Editor of Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS) and an editorial board member of the Journal of Information System Education (JISE), the Journal of Big Data, and the Social Network Analysis and Mining Journal. She is the recipient of a Best Paper Award at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), a Best Paper Award at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics (ICCI), a Best Poster Presentation award at the 2008 ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (SIGSPAITAL GIS), and a Best PhD Work Award between 2007 and 2010 from the University of Houston. Her research projects are currently sponsored by NASA and DOE. She is an IEEE senior member and an ACM member.