Ana Cristina Costa is Associate Professor at NOVA IMS and holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (Technical University of Lisbon). The main scientific research area is spatial statistics, particularly the modelling of spatial-temporal phenomena using geostatistics and local spatial regression. She has more than eighty refereed scientific publications, including a book, articles in international journals, and conference proceedings. Ana Costa has lectured over a dozen short courses in statistics topics, as well as courses on SAS System programming. She collaborated in several research and development projects, both national and international, and she coordinated the GSIMCLI research project (PTDC/GEO-MET/4026/2012) funded by FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation).