Heiko Rieger received his Dr. rer. nat. from the University of Cologne, Germany, 1989. After postdocs in College Park, Maryland, and Santa Cruz, California, he was a Heisenberg Fellow at the Jülich Research Centre. In 1999 he became full professor for theoretical physics at Saarland University. He has been a visiting professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University (2003), Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, (2006), and Université Paris Sud (2009). He works on the statistical physics of nonequilibrium systems (quantum, classical, and biological), disordered materials, and quantum phase transitions.