Dr. Patel is an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Oakland University, MI. He received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from Wayne State University, MI in 1997 and 1993. Dr. Patel is a proven researcher and educator who has also acquired broad industry experience. Prior to starting his academic career, Dr. Patel worked as a Systems Architect and later as a Software Engineering Manager at Ford Motors Co / Visteon Corporation. He was instrumental in launch of first in-vehicle voice recognition system as well as design and development of first Information and Navigational System at Visteon Corporation. He is expert in Mining of Distributed Data; Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning; Bioinformatics; Multimedia Information Indexing, Retrieval and Event Detection; Computer Vision with special interest in medical imaging and diagnostics assistance systems.