Christos Panayiotou has received a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in 1994 and 1999 respectively. He also received an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management, at the aforementioned university in 1999. From 1999 to 2002 he was a Research Associate at the Center for Information and System Engineering (CISE) and the Manufacturing Engineering Department at Boston University. During 2002-2003 he was a Visiting Lecturer at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Cyprus (UCY). During 2003-2008 he was an Assistant Professor and currently he is an Associate Professor both with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCY. Currently he serves as the Deputy Director of the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence for which he is also a founding member. His research interests include distributed control systems, wireless, ad hoc and sensor networks, computer communication networks, quality of service (QoS) provisioning, optimization and control of discrete-event systems, resource allocation, simulation, transportation networks and manufacturing systems. He is actively involved in various projects funded by the European Commission and the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus that involve path planning algorithms, collaboration between mobile and stationary sensor nodes, localization techniques in the context of wireless networks, environmental monitoring using wireless sensor networks. During the last four years he was awarded more than 10 research projects, totaling more than €1.3 million. Christos leads a research team of 5 Ph.D. students, 5 M.S. students and several undergraduate students. He is an Associate Editor for the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society and the Journal of Discrete Event Dynamical Systems. He served as the General Co-Chair of the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2009). He is a senior member of the IEEE and also a reviewer for various conferences and journals, and he has served in the organizing and program committees of various international conferences.