Yongli Zhao received his Ph.D. degree from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China, in 2010. Now, he is a full professor of the State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications at BUPT. During Jan. 2016 to Jan. 2017, he was a visiting associate professor at UC Davis. Now, he is a senior member of IEEE and MIET member of IET. His current research focuses on quantum key distribution networking, elastic optical networks, data center networking, machine learning in optical networks, optical network security, and software-defined optical networks. In the past five years, Dr. Zhao has hosted and taken part in more than 30 research projects, including the National High Technology Research and Development Program in China ("863" program), the National Basic Research Program of China ("973" program), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) projects. He has been granted fourteen awards from the government, and six awards from the academic. In 2013, he got the support of Youth Talent Plan Beijing City. In 2018, he got the support of the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars in China. Up to now, Dr. Zhao has published more than 380 international journal and conference papers. He has published 8 books and 3 independent chapters in different English books. He has given 24 keynotes and invited talks on different international academic conferences. He has granted 50 patents, including 6 PCT patents. Dr. Zhao also participated in many international standards works, and he has submitted 27 drafts to ITU-T and IETF.