Ph.D., is a Professor at the Computer Science Department of University of Crete, co-founder of Gnosis Data Analysis PC, a University spin off company, and Affiliated Faculty at IACM-FORTH. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Intelligent Systems Program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. He then worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University until 2006 when he returned to Greece. Prof. Tsamardinos’ main research directions include machine learning, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence. More specifically his work emphasizes variable selection and causal discovery. Prof. Tsamardinos has over 100 publications in international journals, conferences, and books. He has participated in several national, EU, and US-funded research projects. Distinctions with colleagues and students include the best performance in one of the four tasks in the recent First Causality Challenge Competition, ISMB 2005 Best Poster Winner, a Gold Medal in the Student Paper Competition in MEDINFO 2004, the Outstanding Student Paper Award in AIPS 2000, the NASA Group Achievement Award for participation in the Remote Agent team and others. Prof. Tsamardinos is a regular reviewer for all major Machine Learning and AI conferences (e.g., UAI, ICML, NIPS, KDD, AAAI, IJCAI), leading Machine Learning journals (e.g., JMLR, TKDE, PAMI), and bioinformatics journals (e.g., Bioinformatics Journal, BMC Bioinformatics). Statistics on recognition of work include more than 5500 citations (600+ a year), and h-index of 30 (as estimated by Google Scholar). Ioannis has been awarded the European and Greek national grants of excellence, the ERC Consolidator and the ARISTEIA II grants respectively.