Dr. Derya Birant received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey in 2000, 2002 and 2006 respectively. Since 2017 she has been an Associate Professor at the Computer Engineering Department of Dokuz Eylul University. She is the vice-chair of both the Computer Engineering Department and the CEVMER research center. She was a Visiting Lecturer at the South East European University in 2006 and Ege University between 2010 and 2012. Her research interests include data mining and machine learning. She is the author of 5 book chapters and more than 70 publications (i.e. journal articles, conference papers). Dr. Birant has supervised more than 30 Ph.D. and MSc students and she is an IEEE and ACM member. She is the editorial board member of several journals and reviewer for major scientific journals. Dr. Birant has also served as an organizing committee member in several conferences and she has participated in many national and international conferences, workshops, and symposiums. She has been involved in more than 20 long-term interdisciplinary R&D projects. Dr. Birant has several Most Downloaded Article certifications and has graduation awards, ranking 2nd in the Faculty and the Department. She was also the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010.