Dr. Ashit Talukder is the Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology at UNC Charlotte and the Director of the Charlotte Visualization Center. He has vast experience in a number of areas spanning computer science and electrical engineering, both foundational and applied in several domains. He has extensive experience in the Federal Government and in academia, in leading programs and large research teams, and in conducting R&D in funded research programs as a PI/Co-PI. He previously served as a Program Director for Data Science at NIST, and as the Division Chief for the Information Access Division at NIST. Prior to joining the Federal Government, he was previously at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, a federally funded research and development center at NASA. He has served as a research faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC). The programs that he led at NIST, DOL, JPL and USC involves collaborations and interactions with many federal agencies including DARPA, IARPA, NSA, NSF, NIH, FBI, DoD, DoJ, DHS and others. He has more than 65 journal and conference publications, and has served as a reviewer on numerous conferences and journals. He was a recipient of the Premium Award for Academic Excellence (1992), and several NASA Space Act Awards. He is an inventor of 2 patents. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS from Iowa State University.