Silvano Chiaradonna graduated in Computer Science at the University of Pisa in 1992, working on a thesis in cooperation with CNUCE-CNR. Since 1992 he has been working on dependable computing and participated in European ESPRIT BRA PDCS2, ESPRIT 20718 GUARDS and CRUTIAL projects. He was a fellow student at IEI-CNR and has also been serving as a reviewer for international conferences and journals. He is currently researcher at the Institute ISTI-CNR of Pisa. His research interests include design of dependable computing systems, software and system fault tolerance, modeling and evaluation of dependability attributes such as reliability, availability and performability.