Gianluca Bontempi graduated with honors in Electronic Engineering (Politecnico of Milan, Italy) and obtained his PhD in Applied Sciences (ULB, Brussels, Belgium). He has been researcher in IRST (Trento, Italy), IDSIA (Lugano, Switzerland), IRIDIA (Brussels, Belgium), Philips Research (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) adn IMEC (Leuven, Belgium). During his career he took part to research projects in academy and private companies all over Europe. His interests cover data mining, machine learning, bioinformatics, time series prediction and simulation. He is author of more than 100 scientific publications and IEEE Senior Member. He is also co-author of software for data mining, bioinformatics and prediction, which was awarded, in two international competitions. Since January 2002 he is Professor in Computer Science in ULB Brussels and since 2004 he is the Head of the ULB Machine Learning Group. In 2013 he has been appointed Director of the Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels.