Emanuel Lacić is the Operations Area Manager of the Social Computing division at the Know-Center, Austria's leading research center for data-driven business and Big Data analytics. He received his PhD. in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology and his M.Sc. as well as B.Sc. in Software Engineering and Information Systems from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb. He is a former Marshall Plan fellow and has been working as a visiting researcher at the Computer Science department of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Apart from that, his research is utilized in several industry and European-funded projects such as Learning Layers, AFEL or MoreGrasp. His main research interests are in the fields of Recommender Systems, Deep Learning, Information Retrieval, Big Data, as well as Social and Complex Network Analysis.