Rafael S. Parpinelli is professor in the Computer Science Department at Santa Catarina State University (UDESC). He graduated in Computer Science (2000) from the Maringá State University (UEM), and got a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science (2001) from the Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR). He has been member of program committees for many international conferences and editorial boards of scientific journals. His research interests include data mining, bioinformatics, hybrid systems, and all kinds of bio-inspired algorithms.