I was born in Athens, Greece on the 14th of December 1988. My mother was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Because of this fact, I’ve been able to hold dual citizenship, Greek and Canadian. I’m exercising the latter in the United States.
For college, I studied Computer Science in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of NKUA, with a concentration on Computer Systems and Applications. I received regular advice from Drs. Panagiotis Stamatopoulos and Alex Delis. For my Bachelor’s thesis, entitled ”A Probabilistic Dialect of the Event Calculus”, I collaborated with Drs. George Paliouras and Alex Artikis in the Complex Event Recognition Group of NCSR “Demokritos”. Our work was published in the 2013 special issue on Probability, Logic and Learning of the Cambridge University Press Journal Theory and Practice of Logic Programming (TPLP).
In August 2012, I enrolled as a graduate student in the Computer Science department of the University of Maryland, College Park, where I started working in the Computer Vision lab under the supervision of Drs. Larry Davis and Vlad Morariu. It took me 2.5 years, a boatload of coursework and teaching as well as an intermediate MSc to realize that Vision was not for me, so in February 2015 I switched research groups and joined the Lab for Computational Cultural Dynamics, managed by Dr. V.S Subrahmanian. 5 months later I fell very ill and had to leave for my home country of Greece to receive healthcare . When I returned to the USA in February 2016 I decided that the PhD was not worth dying over and quit. Since June 2016 I’ve been a full-time lecturer in the Department of Computer Science in UMD, offering courses on Discrete Mathematics and (relatively advanced) Data Structures.
I’m an amateur bass guitarist with an interest in the composition of rock and funk music. I’m also a history and geography geek.