The 3rd ACM Summer School on Data Science is organized by ACM Europe. The members of its committee are ACM and ACM Europe leaders as well as experts from the scientific community.


Minos Garofalakis received the Diploma degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics (School of Engineering Valedictorian) from the University of Patras, Greece in 1992, and the MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill, NJ (1998-2005), as a Senior Researcher at Intel Research Berkeley in Berkeley, CA (2005-2007), and as a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research in Santa Clara, CA (2007-2008). In parallel, he also held an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the EECS Department of the University of California, Berkeley (2006-2008). As of October 2008, he is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete (TUC), and the Director of the Software Technology and Network Applications Laboratory (SoftNet). He also served as the TUC ECE Department Chair or the period 9/2011-9/2013. Between 11/2012-3/2015, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of Information Society, S.A., a Greek government organization for advancing large-scale, national-level efforts in Information and Communication Technologies. Prof. Garofalakis’ research interests are in the broad areas of Big Data analytics and large-scale machine learning, including database systems, centralized/distributed data streams, data synopses and approximate query processing, uncertain databases, and data mining and knowledge discovery. He has published over 150 scientific papers in refereed international conferences and journals in these areas, is the co-editor of a volume on Data Stream Management published by Springer in 2016, and has delivered several invited keynote talks and tutorials in major international events. Prof. Garofalakis’ work has resulted in 36 US Patent filings (29 patents issued) for companies such as Lucent, Yahoo!, and AT&T; in addition, he is/has been the PI in a number of important research projects funded by the European Union. Google Scholar gives over 11.500 citations to his work, and an h-index value of 58 (circa February 2017). Prof. Garofalakis is an IEEE Fellow (Class of 2017, “for contributions to data streaming analytics”), an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2011), and a recipient of the TUC “Excellence in Research” Award (2015), a Marie-Curie International Reintegration Fellowship (2010-2014), the 2009 IEEE ICDE Best Paper Award, the Bell Labs President’s Gold Award (2004), and the Bell Labs Teamwork Award (2003).

Yannis Ioannidis (PhD, Computer Science, UC Berkeley, 1986 – MSc, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 1983 – Diploma, Electrical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 1982) is the President and General Director of the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center as well as a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research interests include Database and Information Systems, Data Infrastructures and Digital Repositories, Data Science, Scalable Data Processing, Data and Text Analytics, and Recommender Systems and Personalization, topics on which he has published over 150 articles in leading journals and conferences and also holds three patents. His work is often inspired by and applied to data management problems that arise in industrial environments or in the context of other scientific fields (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Biodiversity, Cultural Heritage). He has been the coordinator of several European and national research and innovation projects and a partner in tens of others, and has led or is currently leading the creation of new international or spin-off companies. He is an ACM and IEEE Fellow, a member of Academia Europaea, and a recipient of several research and teaching awards. He is currently serving as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and is a member of the ACM Europe Council. He is a vice chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), the Greek delegate to ESFRI and a member of its Executive Board, and the ESFRI representative to the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG).


George Eleftherakis (University of Sheffield) is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Computer Science. He received the Senate Award for Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching from the University of Sheffield in May 2014. He is a Senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since 2012 and the Chair of ACM’s Council of European Chapter Leaders since 2013. He is a member of the administration board of the Greek Computer Society since 2002. Since 2009 he is a member of the Faculty’s Research Committee, and the Research Director of the Computer Science department of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield.

Panagiota Fatourou (ACM-W, ACM-Europe Council) an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete, Greece and an affiliated faculty member at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). She has been an EcoCloud visiting Professor at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences,École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Prior to joining the University of Crete and FORTH ICS, she was a full-time faculty member at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Ioannina. She has worked as a postdoc at Max-Planck Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken, Germany, and at the Computer Science Department of theUniversity of Toronto, Canada. She got a degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete, Greece, and a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. Her research interests focus on theoretical aspects of computer science with emphasis on the theory of parallel and distributed computing. Panagiota Fatourou is an elected member of the ACM Europe Council and a member of the Executive Committee of ACM-W Europe. She has served as the editor of the Distributed Computing Column of the Bulletin of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (BEATCS) and as the General Chair of the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2013). She is an ACM Distinguished Speaker.

Chris Hankin (Imperial College London) is Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology and a Professor of Computing Science. He was Deputy Principal of the Faculty of Engineering from September 2006 until October 2008. He was Pro Rector (Research) from June 2004 until  September 2006. He was Dean of City and Guilds College from 2000-2003. His research is in cyber security, data analytics and semantics-based program analysis.

Pat Ryan (ACM COO), ACM’s Chief Operating Officer, has been with ACM nearly a quarter of a century. She has gained a mastery of nearly all headquarters procedures, systems and operations, including much that is technical. Pat has been a tireless advocate for ACM, and has been the steady, leading icon for staff and volunteers. Pat has maintained quality relationships with volunteers and staff alike, and is known, throughout the ACM, as a straight shooter and a person who puts ACM and the needs of its members first. She started her career at ACM as a part-time employee, and worked her way up the corporate ladder under the tutelage of a number of top ACM volunteer and staff leaders. Those who have worked closely with Pat over the past decade have seen her blossom into a true leader, one capable of managing day-to-day details as well as looking forward and seeing the larger picture of what ACM can be.


Giannis Altanopoulos, “Athena” Research and Innovation Center
Tasos Patrikakos, “Athena” Research and Innovation Center
Eleni Sotiropoulou, “Athena” Research and Innovation Center
Lydia Themeli, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens