Dr. Ricardo Vilalta is associate professor in the Department of computer science at the University of Houston. Prior to that he worked as a researcher at IBM TJ Watson Research Center in NY. He holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked as Visiting Professor in Center for Research And Advanced Studies at Guadalajara,Mexico. His research interests are in machine learning, statistical learning theory, data mining, artificial intelligence and astroinformatics. He is recipient of a Fulbright scholarship (1991-97), the Invention Achievement Award from IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (2001), Best Paper Award at the European Conference on Machine Learning (2003) and the CAREER Award from National Science Foundation (2005). Dr. Vilalta has worked on several projects in astroinformatics including the analysis of landforms over the surface of Mars, and the classification of variable stars and supernovae using domain adaptation techniques.