Dr. Weijia Xu is a research scientist and the group manager for Data Mining & Statistics group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a doctoral degree in computer science and a Master of Science degree in Life Science from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Xu's main research interest is to enable data-driven discoveries through developing new computational methods and applications. His work has been funded through various local and federal agencies including The University of Texas, TXDoT, NSF, NIH and NIFA. Dr. Xu has over 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications in similarity-based data retrieval, data analysis, and information visualization with data from various scientific domains. He has served on program committees for several workshops and conferences in big data and high performance computing area, such as co-chair for IEEE Conference on Big Data in 2015 and 2016.