Ernesto Damiani is a professor of computer science at the University of Milan, where he leads the SEcure Service-oriented Architectures Research (SESAR) Lab. He is the Director of the Information Security Research Center at Khalifa University, in the UAE. He holds visiting positions at Tokyo Denki University, Université de Bourgogne. Damiani received a honorary doctorate from Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon, France (2017). His research spans security, Big Data and knowledge processing, where he has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and books. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of ACM.