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Peter Kropf has received his diploma (lic. phil. nat) in mathematics and his Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Bern, Switzerland. From 1994 to 1999, he has been an assistant and associate professor at Laval University, Quebec, Canada. Thereafter he was appointed as an associate professor at the department of computer science and operations research (DIRO) at University of Montreal, Canada. In 2001 he introduced the first (French) Master's program in e-commerce with an interdisciplinary approach (computer science, management and law). Since October 2003, he is a Professor and head of Department at the Computer Science Department at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. From 2010 to 2014 Peter Kropf was appointed Dean of the Faculty of science. Furthemore, he is a member of the Centre of competence of Complex Systems and Big Data as well as of the the Interuniversity Research Centre of Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT), Montreal. He has published over 120 research papers in the field of parallel and distributed systems, simulation and optimisation.