Paola Velardi received her Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Roma 'La Sapienza'. She has been working with the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni as a researcher, with the University of Stanford as a visiting researcher, with the IBM Roma Research Center as a researcher, with the University of Ancona as an associate professor and, since 1998, she is with the Department of Computer Science, Sapienza University of Roma. Since 2001 she is full professor. Her main interests are in the areas of natural language processing, social networks, machine learning, ontology learning and the semantic web. Main recent application areas are in the domain of recommender systems, e-health and enterprise social networks. She has published more than 150 papers on top international venues and received several recognitions. Paola Velardi is the promoter of many initiatives to increase the number of female students enrolled in Computer Science.