Stefanos Kollias is a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, since 1997, member of the Artificial Intelligence and Learning Systems Laboratory. He has been a Founding Professor of Machine Learning in College of Science, Lincoln University, starting from September 2016. He is an IEEE Fellow (2015, suggested by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society). He has been member of the Executive Committee of the European Neural Network Society (2007-2016). He has produced a world leading research activity in the fields of machine learning, intelligent systems (with emphasis on artificial neural networks), semantic multimedia analysis, semantic metadata interoperability, affective computing. He is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage (2019-), Fellow of High-Education Academy (HEA) and Fellow of the Centre for Culture and Creativity, UK. He has published more than 110 papers in international journals and more than 200 papers in proceedings of international conferences. His research has been highly referenced (about 10000 citations with an h-index of 46 in Google Scholar). He has supervised more than 40 Ph.D. students. He has led his group participation in more than 100 European R&D projects, in which his group funding has been more than 20MEuro.