Dr. Jan Valdman is an associate professor of applied mathematics at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and a researcher at the Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He obtained his MSc degrees from the Mathematical Research Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic in 1998. He graduated from the University of Kiel, Germany with his PhD thesis on modeling of elastoplasticity in 2002. After spending further years at several foreign institutions (Linz, Bergen, Reykjavik, and Leipzig), he returned to Czech Republic and finished his habilitation at the Technical University of Ostrava in 2011. His areas of interest include computational nonlinear mechanics of solids and aposteriori error estimates for nonlinear problems. He has published several vectorized finite element codes in MATLAB.