Andrea Lodi has held the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Real-Time Decision-Making at Polytechnique Montréal since 2014. Before joining Polytechnique, he was a full professor of operations research in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Bologna, where he earlier earned his doctoral degree in systems engineering, in 2000. Dr. Lodi’s research focus has been development of new models and algorithms for the quick and efficient processing of large amounts of data from multiple sources in electricity, rail-based logistics and health-care planning. He is a past member of the prestigious Herman Goldstine program at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Centre in New York (2005 and 2006). His innovative work has earned him a number of prizes and awards, including the Google Faculty Research Award (2010) and the IBM Faculty Award (2011). Dr. Lodi co-ordinates major European initiatives in operations research and has served as a consultant to the CPLEX R&D team at IBM since 2006. He has published over 70 papers in the leading journals in the mathematical programming field.