RAJENDRA AKERKAR, PhD, is Professor of Information Technology at Western Norway Research Institute, Norway. He has over 23 years of research and teaching experience spanning different universities in Asia, Europe and North America. His recent research focuses on application of big data methods to real-world challenges, information mining for emergency management, and social media analysis in a wide set of semantic dimensions. He has co-authored 13 books and around 100 research papers. He has also co-edited 8 volumes of international conferences/workshops and e-books. He is also the Chairman of Technomathematics Research Foundation, Kolhapur, India. He serves as the scientific committee member of many reputed international conferences and also as the editorial board member of international journals in computer science, big data, semantic technologies, and bio-inspired computing. He is also an IT expert advisor for many government/non-government agencies, including the European Commission. He has been actively involved in several international ICT initiatives and R&D projects for more than 20 years.