Edoardo Amaldi received the "Diplome" in Mathematical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) in 1988. After one year in the Computational and Neural Systems program, California Institute of Technology, USA, he came back at EPFL where he earned the "Doctorat čs Sciences" (PhD) in October 1994. He then joined the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University, USA, where he did research and taught graduate courses in mathematical programming. Since 1998 he is with the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (DEI), Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he is currently an Associate Professor in Operations Research. His main research interests are in discrete optimization and in the design and analysis of algorithms, with applications in telecommunications, machine learning, image/signal processing, data mining, and computational biology/finance. In 2005 he received an IBM Faculty Award for his work on the maximum feasible subsystem problem. He is on the editorial board of the International Transactions in Operational Research and was on that of Neural Processing Letters (1995-99). He serves on the Program Committees of several international conferences and workshops (including the European Symposium on Algorithms, International Network Optimization Conference, International Workshop on Efficient and Experimental Algorithms --WEA) and since 2005 he is on the Steering Committee of WEA.