Cees G.M. Snoek received the M.Sc. degree in business information systems (2000) and the Ph.D. degree in computer science (2005) both from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is currently a director of the QUVA Lab, the joint research lab of Qualcomm and the University of Amsterdam on deep learning and computer vision. He is also a principal engineer/manager at Qualcomm and an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam. He was previously a Visiting Scientist at Informedia, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (2003), Fulbright Junior Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Computer Vision Group (2010-2011), and head of R&D at University spin-off Euvision Technologies before it was acquired by Qualcomm (2011-2014). His research interests focus on video and image recognition. He has published over 150 refereed book chapters, journal and conference papers, and serves on the program committee of the major conferences in multimedia and computer vision. Dr. Snoek is the lead researcher of the award-winning MediaMill Semantic Video Search Engine, which is the most consistent top performer in the yearly NIST TRECVID evaluations. He is general co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2016 in Amsterdam, program co-chair for ICMR 2015, co-initiator and co-organizer of the VideOlympics 2007-2009, He is a lecturer of post-doctoral courses given at international conferences and European summer schools. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM. Dr. Snoek is member of the editorial boards for IEEE MultiMedia and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. Cees is recipient of an NWO Veni award (2008), a Fulbright Junior Scholarship (2010), an NWO Vidi award (2012), and the Netherlands Prize for ICT Research (2012). All for research excellence. Several of his Ph.D. students and Post-docs have won awards, including the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia Prize Paper Award (2012) the SIGMM Best Ph.D. Thesis Award (2013), the Best Paper Award of ACM Multimedia (2014), an NWO Veni award (2015) and the Best Paper Award of ACM Multimedia Retrieval (2016). Three of his former mentees serve as assistant professor.