Danilo Montesi was born in Jesi (AN), Italy, in 1964. In 1993 he obtained his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, Italy. After completing his PhD, he worked at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In October 1993 he became a Fellow of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) and moved to the University of Lisboa, Portugal. Under the same fellowship, he later worked at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, UK and at the Department of Computer Systems and Telematics, University of Trondheim, Norway. In October 1994 he was awarded a Human Capital and Mobility (HCM) fellowship to work at Imperial College, London, UK. Under a Senior NATO fellowship, he worked at the Department of Computing, Purdue University, USA in 1996. He visited British Telecom Labs with a Senior Fellowship in 1997 and Stanford University in 2018 under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. From 1996 to 2000 he was an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Milano, Italy and taught at the School of Information Systems, University of East Anglia, UK. In 2000 he became an associate professor at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2002 he became full professor at the University of Camerino. Since November 2005 he has been full professor of Database and Information Systems at the University of Bologna. His principal interests are in the area of data and information management. From 2001 until 2016 he has also been associated with Bologna Business School [http://www.bbs.unibo.it/hp/en/], where he has taught in several (executive) master programs. He was vice chair of the department of computer science from 2006 until 2009 and was teaching director of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the department, from 2009 until 2012. He is the founder of SmartData Research Group [http://smartdata.cs.unibo.it/].