Dr. Qiang Huo joined Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Beijing, China on August 1, 2007. Prior to that, Qiang had been a faculty member at the Department of Computer Science, the University of Hong Kong since 1998. From 1995 to 1997, Qiang worked at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR) in Kyoto, Japan, where he engaged in research in speech recognition for ATR’s Spoken Language Translation project. Over the past 25 years, Qiang has been active in research and making contributions in the fields of speech recognition, handwriting recognition, OCR, gesture recognition, biometric-based user authentication, hardware design for speech and image processing. Qiang received a B.Eng. degree from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China, in 1987, an M.Eng. degree from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1989, and a Ph.D. degree from the USTC, in 1994, all in electrical engineering. From 1991 to 1994, he also did research on speech recognition at the University of Hong Kong.