Gabriel Ciobanu is a professor at the 'Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi, and a senior researcher of the Romanian Academy of Sciences. He has been a visiting academic at Edinburgh University, University Paris-Sud XI, Tohoku University, University of Amsterdam (CWI), and the National University of Singapore. His research interests include distributed systems and concurrency, computational models and methods in biology, and the theory of programming. He is author/co-author/editor of five books and over one hundred papers on these topics. For his research in these areas, he received the 2004 Octav Mayer Award and the 2000 Grigore Moisil Award of the Romanian Academy of Sciences. He is editor-in-chief of the Scientific Annals of Computer Science.