Karin Becker is currently an associate professor at the Computer Science Institute of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. She holds a large background on research and development in both the academia and industry, mainly in the areas of data warehousing, web mining, software engineering and service computing. She currently develops research projects on the area of business intelligence and data mining for supporting service and SOA evolution life-cycle. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (Belgium), and a M.Sc. degree from UFRGS (Brazil). Her academic experience also enabled her to work as a research assistant at Hiroshima University (Japan). From a strategic standpoint, she is currently interested in reducing the gap between academia and industry, as well as in participanting in actions that disseminate and consolidate the IT career for women.