David Lane was Professor 1976-1992) and Chairman of the Department of Theoretical Statistics (1989-1992) at the University of Minnesota. In 1992, he became Professor of Statistics in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Modena, of which he was Chairman (1998-2001). From 2001, he is member of the Faculty of Communications and Economics of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he currently serves (since 2003) as professor of economics. In addition, Lane was a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute from 1989 until 2009; he continues to serve on the Instituteâ€™s Science Board and Editorial Board. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Complexity and Journal of Evolutionary Economics. Lane's research has resulted in numerous articles in international journals on stochastic process theory, the foundations of statistics, epidemiology, causality assessment of adverse drug reactions, economy theory, economic sociology, and the theory of innovation. From 2002-2006, Lane directed a European Commission project on the Information Society as a Complex System, in which participated scientists from Imperial College, the Sorbonne, and the Santa Fe Institute as well as the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The project led to the book "Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change," edited by Lane, Denise Pumain, Sander van der Leeuw and Geoffrey West, (Springer, 2009). He is currently director of two European Commission projects: Innovation, Sustainability and ICT; and Emergence by Design. Both projects have partners from academia, technology companies and the world of social innovation. Among other awards, Lane received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986. He has also been elected a Fellow in the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Statistical Society and the American Statistical Society.