Jean B. Lasserre is a Senior Scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), at LAAS in Toulouse, France, and is also member of the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Toulouse. He graduated from ENSIMAG (Grenoble) and earned his PhD and Doctorat d’Etat from the University of Toulouse. He spent two one-year visits in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. A SIAM Fellow, he is the recipient of the 2015 John von Neumann Theory Prize, the 2015 Khachiyan Prize, and the 2009 Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization, and was the 2014 Laureate of an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), and an Invited Speaker at the ICM 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. His research interests are in Applied Mathematics, Probability and Optimization.