Stefan Rueger is a physicist by training and received a PhD from the Computer Science Department of the Technical University Berlin for his contributions to the theory to Neural Networks. In 1997 he joined Imperial College London to research Data and Text Mining. In 1999 he was awarded an Advanced EPSRC Research Fellowship (and later a lectureship) to work in the area of Multimedia Information Retrieval. His team currently encompasses 6 PhD students and research assistants. He is co-investigator in a joint NSF-EU project on Cultural Heritage Language Technologies and the principal investigator in a UK Multimedia Knowledge Management network.