Dr. Robert Laurini is presently distinguished professor at INSA of Lyon. His interests include the design of multimedia information systems especially for urban planning. He has recently published a book entitled "Information Systems for Urban Planning, a Hypermedia co-operative approach". He was the initiator of the Towntology project. He is also vice-president of UDMS. See Web: http://lisi.insa-lyon.fr/~laurini for more details.