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  • J. Leon Zhao

    Dr. J. Leon Zhao is Head and Chair Professor in Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong.  He was Interim Head and Eller Professor in the Department of Management Information Systems, University of Arizona before moving to Hong Kong in January 2009.  He also taught previously at HKUST and College of William and Mary, respectively. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, M.S. degree from UC Davis, and B.S. degree from Beijing Institute of Agricultural Mechanization. His research is on workflow technology and management, with a particular focus on applications of computational intelligence in business process management, business information services, and financial risk management. Leon's research has been supported by NSF (USA), UGC (HK), SAP, IBM, and others. Leon has been associate editor of ACM Transactions on MIS, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Decision Support Systems, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Information Systems Frontiers, International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, International Journal of Web and Grid Services, and International Journal of Web Services Research and is on the editorial board of Journal of Database Management. He has co-edited numerous special issues in various IS journals. Leon has been chair or program chair for numerous conferences including the International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, Switzerland (2010), IEEE International Conference on Services Computing, Bangalore, India(2009), the 2008 IEEE Symposium on Advanced Management of Information for Globalized Enterprises (AMIGE'08), the 2007 China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM'07), the 2006 IEEE Conference on Services Computing (SCC'06), the 2005 Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS'05), and the 2003 Workshop on E-Business (WEB'03). He has also served on many program committees in international conferences.  He received an IBM Faculty Award in 2005 for his work in business process management and services computing and was awarded China's National "Chang Jiang Scholars" Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University in 2009.