Elisa Bertino is professor of database systems in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milan where she is currently the chair of the Department. She has also been on the faculty in the Department of Computer and Information Science of the University of Genova, Italy. Until 1990, she was a researcher for the Italian National Research Council in Pisa, Italy, where she headed the Object-Oriented Systems Group. She has been a visiting researcher at several US leading laboratories, like the IBM Research Laboratory (now Almaden) in San Jose and the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation in Austin, Texas. Her main research interests include database security, object-oriented databases, distributed databases, deductive databases, multimedia databases, interoperability of heterogeneous systems, integration of artificial intelligence and database techniques. In those areas, Prof. Bertino has published more than 200 papers in all major refereed journals, and in proceedings of international conferences and symposia. She is a co-author of the books "Object-Oriented Database Systems - Concepts and Architectures" 1993 (Addison-Wesley International Publ.), "Indexing Techniques for Advanced Database Systems" 1997 (Kluwer Academic Publishers), and "Intelligent Database Systems" 2001 (Addison-Wesley International Publ.) She is member of the advisory board of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals. She has been consultant to several Italian companies, and involved in several projects sponsored by the EC. Elisa Bertino is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM and has been named a Golden Core Member for her service to the IEEE Computer Society. She has served as Program Committee members of several international conferences, such as ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, ACM OOPSLA, as Program Chair of the 1996 European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS'96), as Program Co-Chair of the 1998 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), and as program chair of 2000 European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2000).