Heng Ji is Edward P. Hamilton Development Chair Associate Professor in Computer Science Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received her B.A. and M. A. in Computational Linguistics from Tsinghua University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University. Her research interests focus on Natural Language Processing and its connections with Data Mining, Network Science, Social Cognitive Science, Security and Vision. She was selected as "Young Scientist" and a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Computing by the World Economic Forum in 2016. She received "AI's 10 to Watch" Award by IEEE Intelligent Systems in 2013, NSF CAREER award in 2009, Google Research Awards in 2009 and 2014, Sloan Junior Faculty Award in 2012, IBM Watson Faculty Award in 2012 and 2014, Bosch Research Awards in 2015 and 2016, PACLIC2012 Best Paper Runner-up, "Best of SDM2013" paper, "Best of ICDM2013" paper . She is the task leader of the U.S. ARL projects on information fusion and knowledge networks construction. She is also leading the Tinker Bell team that consists of seven universities under DARPA DEFT program. She coordinated the NIST TAC Knowledge Base Population task in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, served as ACL2017 Demo Co-Chair, the Information Extraction area chair for NAACL2012, ACL2013, EMNLP2013, NLPCC2014, EMNLP2015, NAACL2016 and ACL2016, the vice Program Committee Chair for IEEE/WIC/ACM WI2013 and CCL2015, Content Analysis Track Chair of WWW2015, the Financial Chair of IJCAI2016 and the Program Committee Chair of NLPCC2015 and CSCKG2016. Her research is funded by the U.S. government (NSF, ARL, DARPA, IARPA, AFRL and DHS) and industry (Google, Disney, IBM and Bosch).