Heitor S. Lopes is an Associate Professor at Federal University of Technology Paran - UTFPR (Brazil). He graduated in Electronic Engineering (1984) and got a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering (1990), and a PhD in Information Sciences (1996). In 1998 he founded the Bioinformatics Laboratory at UTFPR and since then bioinformatics is one of his main area of research, with special interest in: protein structure prediction methods and algorithms as well as high-performance computing for bioinformatics applications. He has served as a member of program committees of many international conferences and editorial boards of scientific journals. Since 2002, Dr. Lopes holds a research grant from the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) in the area of Computer Science.