Patrick Valduriez is a senior researcher at INRIA, heading the Zenith team in Montpellier. He has also been a professor of Computer Science at University Paris 6 (1999-2002) and a researcher at Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. in Austin, Texas (1985-1989). He received his Ph. D. degree and Doctorat d’Etat in CS from University Paris 6 in 1981 and 1985, respectively. His research focuses on data management in large-scale distributed and parallel systems (P2P, cluster, grid, cloud), in particular, scientific data management. He has authored and co-authored over 250 technical papers and several textbooks, among which “Principles of Distributed Database Systems”. He has been a member of the SIGMOD board, a trustee of the VLDB endowment and an associate editor of several journals, including ACM TODS, the VLDB Journal, Distributed and Parallel Databases, and Internet and Databases. He has served as PC chair of major conferences such as PDIS93, SIGMOD97, VLDB98 (industrial chair), VLDB99 (European chair). He was the general chair of SIGMOD04, EDBT08 and VLDB09. He was the recipient of the 1993 IBM scientific prize in CS in France. He obtained the best paper award at VLDB00. He is a Fellow of the ACM.