Mark Winands is an Associate Professor at the Department of Data Science & Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht University. He received the Ph.D. degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Department of Computer Science, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 2004. His research interests include heuristic search, machine learning and games. He regularly serves on program committees of major AI and computer games conferences. Mark Winands is part of the editorial board of the ICGA Journal and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.