December 3rd, 2011 Athens, Greece

Time to do the… math

Konstantinos Daskalakis is the X-Consortium Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Constantinos grew up in Athens where he received a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. In 2004 he moved to UC Berkeley, California, to pursue Ph.D. studies in Computer Science; after that he was a postdoctoral researcher in Microsoft Research, and since 2009 he has been at the faculty of MIT. His research interests lie in Algorithmic Game Theory and Applied Probability, in particular computational aspects of markets and the Internet, social networks, and computational problems in Biology.

Daskalakis has been honored with several awards and scholarship during his studies, from sources including the Greek State Scholarships foundation (IKY), the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), the National Technical University of Athens, and the Regents of the University of California. More recently, Daskalakis has been honored with the 2007 Microsoft Graduate Research Fellowship, the 2008 Game Theory and Computer Science Prize from the Game Theory Society (for his work on the computational complexity of the Nash equilibrium), the 2008 Association of Computing Machinery Doctoral Dissertation Award (for the best PhD dissertation in Computer Science written that year), the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development Award, the 2010 Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Computer Science, the 2011 Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Outstanding Paper Prize, and the MIT Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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