Karama Kanoun received the certified engineer degree from the National School of Civil Aviation, Toulouse, the doctor-engineer and the doctor-es-science degrees from the National Polytechnic Institute, Toulouse. She is currently Directeur de Recherche at LAAS-CNRS. She was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, the first semester of 1998. Her current research interests include modeling and evaluation of computer system dependability, software reliability, and dependability benchmarking. She has authored or coauthored more than 120 publications. She is also the author/coauthor of several books and book chapters. She is a member of the IFIP working group 10.4 "Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance." She is chairperson of the Special Interest Group on Dependability Benchmarking (SIGDeB) of the IFIP working group 10.4 and chairperson of the French SEE Working Group "Design and Validation for Dependability." She served as program committee cochair of the 28th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC) in 2004, the IEEE International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) in 2000, and the Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE) in 1994.