Michael Siek earned his B.Sc.degree in Mathematics from Airlangga University and B.Com. degree in Information Management from STIKOM Institute, both in 2000 and M.Sc. degree in Hydroinformatics from UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands in 2003. He received his Ph.D. degree in Hydroinformatics from Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) and UNESCO-IHE in 2011 with the thesis entitled Predicting storm surges: chaos, computational intelligence, data assimilation, ensembles . Previously, he worked as a full-time lecturer at University of Surabaya and a visiting lecturer at Petra Christian University in the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Economics. His research has spanned a large number of disciplines, emphasizing data-driven and physically-based modelling, hydrological and coastal modelling, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, computational intelligence, optimization techniques, data mining, data assimilation, multi-model ensemble predictions with a wide range of real-life applications.