Philippe Cudré-Mauroux received his degree in Communication Systems from the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) and a M.Sc. degree from the Eurecom Institute, before earning a Ph.D. at the EPFL in the Distributed Information Systems Lab in 2006. His work at the EPFL primarily dealt with decentralized (P2P) information systems, with an emphasis on Peer Data Management systems and Emergent Semantics systems. He was appointed lecturer at EPFL in 2005 and thaugt classes on relational data management, XML and Web Services. He is currently a post doctoral research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.