Hamid Reza Karimi is a professor of Applied Mechanics with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. He received a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering-power systems engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1998 and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, both in control systems engineering, from University of Tehran, Iran in 2001 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation with the Institute of Automatic Control of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the Centre for Applied Mathematics of the University of Bremen, Germany. He held positions as a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Industrial Mathematics, University of Bremen; Associate Professor of control systems with the Mechatronics group of the University of Agder, Grimstad and full Professor of control systems with the Mechatronics group of the Faculty of Technology and Science, University of Agder, Norway. Dr. Karimi's research interests are in the areas of control systems/theory, networked control systems, intelligent control systems, signal processing, power electronics, vibration control, ground vehicles, structural control, wind turbine control, and cutting processes. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Karimi has been working on mathematical systems and control theory with an emphasis on applications in industrial engineering, such as offshore systems, wind turbine systems, structural control, and logistic networks. He and his research group have provided solutions to many open and long standing optimal control and optimization problems.