Thomas Ploetz is a computer scientist with expertise and almost 15 years of experience in Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning research (Ph.D. from Bielefeld University, Germany). His research agenda focuses on applied machine learning, that is developing systems and innovative sensor data analysis methods for real world applications. Primary application domain for his work is computational behavior analysis where he develops methods for automated and objective behavior assessments in naturalistic environments. Main driving functions for his work are "in the wild" deployments and as such the development of systems and methods that have a real impact on peoples' lives. In 2017, Dr. Ploetz joined the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he works as an associate professor. Prior to this, he was an academic at the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., where he was a reader (associate professor) for Computational Behavior Analysis affiliated with Open Lab, Newcastle's interdisciplinary center for research in digital technologies.