Alberto H. F. Laender holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MSc degree in Computer Science, both from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a PhD degree in Computing from the University of East Anglia, UK. He joined the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 1975, where he is currently a Full Professor and the head of the Database Research Group. In 1997, he was a Visiting Scientist at HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. He has served on the advisory committee of several Brazilian research funding agencies and is currently a member of ACM SIGMOD’s Advisory Board and PhD Dissertation Award Committee. Prof. Laender has also served as a program committee co-chair, as well as a program committee member, for several national and international conferences on databases, digital libraries and Web-related topics. He is the author of more than 100 refereed journal and conference papers, and was one of the co-founders of Akwan Information Technologies, a Brazilian search technology company acquired by Google Inc. in 2005. Prof. Laender’s research interests include conceptual modeling and database design, web data management, web information systems, and digital libraries.