Zhiming Zhao is currently a senior researcher in the group of System and Network Engineering ( SNE) at University of Amsterdam ( UvA). He obtained his bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing Normal University ( NJNU) and East China Normal University ( ECNU) in 1993 and 1996 in China respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2004. He has strong research interest in advanced computing and network technologies, time critical and data intensive systems, Cloud computing, scientific workflows and software agents. He coordinates research and development activities in the EU H2020 project SWITCH (Software Workbench for interactive time critical and highly self-adaptive cloud applications), and in the “Data for Science” theme in the EU H2020 environmental science cluster project ENVRIPlus. He also leads the research tasks of research sustainability in the EU H2020 VRE4EIC project, and of semantic linking in the EU FP7 ENVRI project.