Andrea Schaerf received his PhD in Computer Science from "Sapienza" University of Rome in 1994. From 1996 to 1998 he has been Assistant Professor at "Sapienza" University of Rome. From 1998 to 2005 he has been Associate Professor at University of Udine, where starting 2005 he is Full Professor. His main research interests are: Scheduling and Timetabling Problems, Local Search & Metaheuristics for Combinatorial Problems, and Problem Specification Languages and Tools. Starting February 2015 he is the Head of the Bachelor and Master Programs in Management Engineering (Ingegneria Gestionale) at University of Udine.