Michael Segal is a Professor in the Department of Communication Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and served as the head of the department from 2005 to 2010. He also held a visiting professorship at Cambridge University. He received the Toronto Prize for Research in 2010, and has published over 140 scientific papers. His research focuses on algorithmic networking theory. Michael serves as the Managing Editor of one of the most influential journals in the area of computer and system sciences, the Journal of Computer and System Sciences. The problems he tackles are fundamental optimization problems that have applications in transportation, station placement, communication, security and privacy, facility location, graph theory, statistics, selection, geometric pattern matching, layout of VLSI circuits, and enumeration. His research has been funded by many academic and industrial organizations including the Israeli Science Foundation, Deutche Telecom, IBM, France Telecom, the US Air Force, INTEL, General Motors and many others.