Andrea Schaerf was born in Rome, Italy, in 1965. He received his master degree cum laude in Electrical Engineering from University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1990 and his PhD in Computer Science from the same university in 1994, his advisor being prof. Maurizio Lenzerini. During his studies, he spent one year at Stanford University (California, U.S.A.) under the supervision of prof. Yoav Shoham. After graduating, he was supported for one year by a scholarship from CNR offered by Comitato Nazionale per la Scienza e le Tecnologie dell'Informazione at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". Successively, he spent one year at CWI in Amsterdam under the supervision of prof. Krzysztof R. Apt, supported by a fellowship from ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics). From April 1996 to October 1998, he was Assistant Professor ("Ricercatore") at the Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica of University of Rome "La Sapienza". From November 1998 to October 2005, he was Associate Professor ("Professore Associato") at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Gestionale e Meccanica (DIEGM) of University of Udine, where starting November 2005, he is Full Professor ("Professore Ordinario"). In January 2016, DIEGM has been merged with other departments into the Dipartimento Politecnico di Ingegneria e Architettura (DPIA). From February 2015 to October 2021, he was the Head of the School in Management Engineering (Ingegneria gestionale) of University of Udine.