Elena Simperl is Professor of computer science at the University of Southampton and member of its Web Science Institute. Before joining Southampton in 2012, she was assistant professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany (2010-12) and vice-director of the Semantic Technologies Institute (STI) Innsbruck, Austria (2007-10). She has contributed to more than 20 research projects, 13 times as principal investigator or project lead. Currently she is the PI of H2020 Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE) and H2020 Data Pitch, which support SMEs to innovate with data. She is also PI on H2020 QROWD, which uses crowd and artificial intelligence to improve smart transportation systems. She authored more than 100 papers in semantic technologies, linked data, social computing, crowdsourcing and was programme/general chair of the European and International Semantic Web Conference and of the European Data Forum.