Dr. Mohamed Mokbel is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, as well as the founding Technical Director of KACST GIS Technology Innovation Center, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia. He obtained his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, and his MSc. and BSc. from Alexandria University. His main research interests include database systems, cloud computing, location-based services, and GIS and his research has been published in over 130 publications. Dr. Mokbel also received the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award in 2010, the most prestigious award given to junior faculty by the NSF.