Prof. Ben Paechter is Director of Research in the School of Computing. He was Coordinator of the EvoNet, PerAda, and AWARE Coordination Actions within Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and Deputy Coordinator of the FOCAS Coordination Action. He was a Principal Investigator of the “Speckled Computing” consortium of Scottish universities developing “spray on” computers for wireless sensor networks. He coordinated the FET DREAM project looking at peer-to-peer distribution evolution. He was the scientific officer in charge of the Metaheuristics Network examining the use of metaheuristics for combinatorial optimisation and the FET NEWTIES project which created an artificial society and examined the relationships between individual, social, and evolutionary learning. Prof Paechter is an Associate Editor of “Evolutionary Computation” (MIT Press). He was Joint General Chair of Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN) 2016.