Renato De Mori received a doctorate degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He has been Director of the Laboratoire d'Informatique and is Professor of Computer Science at the Université d'Avignon and Professor at Mc Gill University (Montreal, Canada). He is a Fellow of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, former Professor and chairman at the University of Turin (Italy) and Concordia University (Canada), former Director of the School of Computer Science at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada). He is the author or editor of four books and has published more than 100 scientific papers on many international journals . His major contributions have been in the area of Automatic Speech Recognition, Computer Arithmetic, Software Engineering and Human-Machine Interfaces. He is scientific leader of the European project LUNA and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He has been Chief Editor of SPEECH COMMUNICATION ( 2003-2005) and is member of the editorial board since 1982 He has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (1988-1992) Signal Processing (1979 1989). Computational Intelligence (1990-2004) , Pattern Recognition Letters ( 1980-2004) and is in the Editorial board of Computer Speech and Language (since 1988) , Professor De Mori has been a member of the Executive Advisory Board at the IBM Toronto Lab, Scientific Advisor at France Télécom R&D, Chairman of the Computer and Information Systems Committee, Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, Vice-President R&D, Centre de Recherche en Informatique de Montréal.. He has been a member of the Interdisciplinary Board, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and of a number of Scientific Committees in Europe and North America, including the IEEE Speech Technical Committee and the Interdisciplinary Committee for Canadian chairs.