Ernesto Damiani is currently a professor at the University of Milan and the director of the University of Milan’s PhD program in computer science. He has held visiting positions at a number of international institutions, including George Mason University in Virginia, LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He has also done extensive research on advanced network infrastructure and protocols, taking part in the design and deployment of secure high-performance networking environments, both as chief scientist and in management positions. His areas of interest include business process representation, Web services security, processing of semi and unstructured information (e.g., XML), and semantics-aware content engineering for multimedia. Also, he is interested in models and platforms supporting open source development. He is the chair of the IEEE Conference on Digital Ecosystems (IEEE-DEST), the IFIP Working Conference on Open Source Systems, and the IFIP 2.6 WG on Data Semantics. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Service Oriented Computing and a member of various editorial boards, including the Journal of System Architecture. He has published several books and about 200 papers and international patents. His work has appeared, among others, in the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, and TFS, as well as in the ACM Transactions on Information Systems and the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. He has served and is serving in all capacities on many congress, conference, and workshop committees. He is a senior member of the IEEE. In 2008 he was nominated ACM distinguished scientist and he receive the Chester Hall Award for the best paper published in the IEEE Transaction on Consumer Electronics. His current home page is at http://olaf.crema.unimi.it.