Mikhail Langovoy joined the Statistics and Learning Department in August 2012. Before that, he was a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, as well as at the Max Planck Institutes for Biological Cybernetics and for Developmental Biology in Tuebingen, Germany. He received his Master of Science degree in algebra and number theory from St Petersburg State University, Russia, in 2001, and a Ph. D. in statistics from the University of Goettingen, Germany, in 2007. After completing his thesis on data-driven tests of statistical hypothesis, he has been doing research on probability theory and stochastic analysis at the University of Bonn in Germany, and research on spatial statistics, image analysis and statistics of networks at the European research institute EURANDOM in the Netherlands. At present, he is working in both stochastics and machine learning, recently focusing on time series analysis and support vector machines. In his spare time, Mikhail typically overworks, undersleeps and plays with his newborn daughter.