Luca Maria Gambardella is director of IDSIA, Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Manno, Lugano. He is Professor at SUPSI and Adjunct Professor at the Informatics Faculty at USI. He teaches the Algorithms course at DTI-SUPSI and the Artificial Intelligence module at the Informatics Faculty at USI. He is responsible of the Intelligent Systems Master Research Unit at SUPSI. His major research interests and publications are in the area of optimisation, simulation, swarm robotics, multi-agent learning, applied to academic and real-world problems. In particular, he has studied and developed influential and frequently cited Ant Colony Optimisation algorithms to solve travelling salesman problems, quadratic assignment problems, sequential ordering problems and vehicle routing problems. In these domains, the best-known solutions for many benchmark instances have been computed. He acts as a guest editor and reviewer for the most important journals in his field. He is leading projects for the Swiss National Science Foundation, Hasler Foundation, Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation, EU Commission and Industries. He his Chief Scientific Officer of AntOptima, the spin-off company of IDSIA. To date (January 2017) he has published more than 280 publications. According to Google scholar his h-index is 60 and his articles have received more than 40'700 citations. Luca Maria Gambardella is president of the Swiss Operations Research Society (SVOR/ASRO) and Member of the BRIDGE (Swiss CTI-FNS) Discovery Evaluation Panel 2016.