Prof. Dr. Ir. Francesco Ferranti (01-07-1983) is a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from the Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy, in 2005, the M.S. degree in electronic engineering from the Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy, in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, in 2011. Francesco's research activities have mainly focused on advanced data-driven (e.g., surrogate modeling, machine learning, and macromodeling) and model-driven (e.g., model order reduction) modeling for the analysis, simulation and design (e.g., optimization and uncertainty quantification) of complex dynamical systems, such as metasurfaces/metamaterials, smart contact lenses, microwave filters, antennas and power amplifiers, high-speed interconnects and circuits, and carbon nanotubes. His research is largely multi-interdisciplinary and it is driven by his broad interest for fundamental scientific problems and their application in challenging domains with a significant societal and economic impact. This has led to and is continuously leading to a wide spectrum of many interesting, challenging, and innovative research topics where the cross-fertilization among several disciplines and application areas is the key to success.