Trevor Hastie is a professor of statistics at Stanford University. His main research contributions have been in the field of applied nonparametric regression and classification, and he has written two books in this area: "Generalized Additive Models" (with R. Tibshirani, Chapman and Hall, 1991), and "Elements of Statistical Learning" (with R. Tibshirani and J. Friedman, Springer 2001). He has also made contributions in statistical computing, co-editing (with J. Chambers) a large software library on modeling tools in the S-plus language ("Statistical Models in S", Wadsworth, 1992). His current research focuses on applied problems in biology and genomics, medicine and industry, in particular data mining, prediction and classification problems.