Ulrich Schmid received his diploma (1985) and Dr.techn. degree (1986) from the Technische Universität Wien (computer science and mathematics). He is now full professor and head of the Embedded Computing Systems Group at TU Vienna’s Institut für Technische Informatik. Ulrich Schmid authored and co-authored numerous papers in the field of theoretical and technical computer science and received several awards and prices, like the Austrian START-price 1996. He also spent several years in industrial electronics and embedded systems design. His current research interests focus on the mathematical analysis of fault-tolerant distributed algorithms and real-time systems, with special emphasis on their application in systems-on-chips and networked embedded systems. Ulrich Schmid is member of IEEE Computer Society and EATCS.