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H.S. Lopes has a BSc. in Electronic Engineering (1984), MSc in Biomedical Engineering (1990) and PhD in Information Systems (1996). He is associated professor of computer engineering at the Department of Electronics of the Federal University of Technology Paraná (UTFPR), and has a research grant, level 2, from the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPQ). He is founder and head of the Bioinformatics laboratory at UTFPR, campus Curitiba. He has supervised 7 PhD theses and 34 MSc dissertations. To date, he has edited 4 books and published more than 250 papers in journals and conference proceedings. His current research interests are: bioinformatics, evolutionary computation, meta-heuristics for combinatorial optimization, data mining and computer vision.