Professor Xi-Ren Cao gained his Masters degree in engineering and PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1982 and 1984 respectively. He has worked in an academic position at numerous institutions, including as a visiting professor at both the University of Massachusetts and the University of Maryland, a chair professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and his current position of Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has published 125 peer-reviewed journal papers, 12 invited book chapters, and three books in areas related to stochastic and discrete control. He was Editor-in-Chief for Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications from 2005 to 2014. He has extensive industrial experiences with Digital Equipment Corporation, Massachusetts, and AT&T Labs. He is Fellow of IEEE and IFAC.