Hans-Peter Dommel came to the United States in 1992 as a Fulbright Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) under Prof. J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves in 1999. He also holds a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from UCSC (1995) and a Master's degree in Computer Science and Theoretical Linguistics from the Technical University and the University of Munich. In Germany he consulted for IBM, Siemens, BMW, the Fraunhofer Institute and various other firms. His current research concentrates on collaboration technologies, multimedia networking, network middleware, web technology, pervasive computing, as well as smart homes and assistive technologies. He is also interested in technology for a sustainable future and the societal impacts of technology, in affiliation with the the Center for Science, Technology and Society. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Sigma Xi, and the German Informatics Society (GI).