Dr. Michelle Zhou is a research senior manager at IBM Research – Almaden, where she manages the User Systems and Experience Research (USER) group. Prior to her current post, she had worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center for 9 years, managing the group of Intelligent Multimedia Interaction before she went on an international assignment from June 2008 to December 2009 at IBM Research, China, managing the Department of Intelligent User Interaction and Social Collaboration. Michelle received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University. Her expertise is in the interdisciplinary areas of intelligent user interaction, smart visual analytics (2D/3D), and people-centric information management. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed, refereed articles, and filed over twenty patents in above areas. Michelle is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and is active in several research communities, including intelligent user interfaces (IUI), information visualization and visual analytics, and multimedia (MM), where she has co-organized/co-chaired conferences and workshops, and often serves on the technical program committees for key conferences in these areas. She was the general conference co-chair for ACM IUI 2007 and is the technical program co-chair for ACM MM 2009 and IUI 2010. Currently she serves on the IUI steering committee, and is on the editorial board of three ACM journals: ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS), and ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (TOMCCAP).