Ana Lucia Varbanescu holds a BSc and MSc degree from POLITEHNICA University in Bucharest, Romania. She obtained her PhD from TUDelft, The Netherlands, and continued to work as a PostDoc researcher in The Netherlands, at TUDelft and VU University in Amsterdam. She is a MacGillavry fellow and, since 2018, she is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in the Parallel Computing Systems group. She has been a visiting researcher at IBM TJ Watson (2006, 2007), Barcelona Supercomputing Center (2007), NVIDIA (2009), and Imperial College of London (2013). Her research stems from HPC, and investigates the use of multi- and many-core architectures for HPC, with a special focus on performance analysis and prediction for both scientific and irregular, data-intensive applications.