Mohammed Lamine Kherfi is a full Professor within the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Ouargla University, Algeria. Between 2005 and 2013, he was a Professor within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada. Prof Kherfi received the Ingénieur d’état degree in computer science from the Institut National d’Informatique INI, Algiers, in 1997, and the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada, in 2002 and 2004, respectively. He is the head of CVAI Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence research team. His research interests include Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Image Search Engines, and Artificial Intelligence in general. He has published more than 50 refereed papers in international journals and conferences, has served many times as an invited speaker, and supervised many doctoral students. He has served as the head of LAMIA Laboratory, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He has been on the technical program committee of about 30 international conferences and serves regularly as a reviewer for many highly ranked international journals including some IEEE Transactions. Prof Kherfi is the recipient of six scholarships and awards from the Université de Sherbrooke, and from the INI. He requested an invention patent in 2003, and received the Quebec FQRNT excellence postdoctoral fellowship in 2005. In 2004, the image search engine he invented was chosen by the Fédération Informatique du Québec as one of the best inventions in information technology in the province of Quebec, Canada. He is the general chair of the 1st and 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology.