|Virgilio A. F. Almeida is the Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil. He is also the chairman of the Brazilian Internet Governance Committee (CGI). He is a professor (on leave for government services) of the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. His areas of research interest include large scale distributed system, Internet, social computing, autonomic computing, and performance modeling and analysis. He received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in computer science, from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and a B.S. in electrical engineering from UFMG, Brazil. He was a visiting professor at Boston University, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and held visiting appointments at Santa Fe Institute, Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratory, and Xerox PARC Research Center. He has published over 150 technical papers and co-authored five books on performance modeling, including Performance by Design: Computer Capacity Planning By Example (Prentice Hall, 2004), Capacity Planning for Web Services: Metrics, Models, and Methods (Prentice Hall, 2002), and Scaling for E-Business: Technologies, Models, Performance, and Capacity Planning (Prentice Hall, 2000). He has supervised more 55 Ph.D. theses and M.Sc. dissertations. He has received, among others, the National Award in Informatics (1991), and the Great Cross of the National Order of the Scientific Merit in 2009. Professor Almeida is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).