Bernard De Baets holds an M.Sc. degree in Mathematics, a Postgraduate Degree in Knowledge Technology and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics. He is currently a Full Professor at Ghent University, where he is leading the research unit Knowledge-Based Systems (KERMIT) as well as Department of Mathematical Modelling, Statistics and Bio-informatics. Bernard is a Government of Canada Award holder, an Honorary Professor of Budapest Tech, a Fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association and has been nominated for the Ghent University Prometheus Award for Research. He has acted as supervisor of over 50 Ph.D. students and has published over 400 peer-reviewed journal publications. At present he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fuzzy Sets and Systems and a member of the Editorial Board of several other journals. He has delivered over 200 (invited) conference lectures.