Zhou XU is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Faculty of Business, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He obtained his PhD degree in 2007 from the Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management Department of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(HKUST), Master degree in 2003 from the Computer Science Department of National University of Singapore (NUS), and Bachelor degree in 2002 from the Computer Science Department of Tsinghua University (Tsinghua). His research focuses on the application of operations research and computer science techniques to problems in logistics, transportation, shipping and supply chain management. He has published more than thirty articles in mainly premier journals, including Operations Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part B, Naval Research Logistics, Interfaces, Communications of the ACM , etc. He is also active in academia-industry collaboration. His research works have been translated into a strategic procurement and bid optimization system, which helps a global electronic company to source transportation services for thousands of lanes in the world.