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Yannis Ioannidis holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley. He is a former president of the Athena Research Center, professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens, having created the MaDgIK laboratory (madgik.di.uoa.gr), while previously he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For his research contributions he has been awarded, among others, in 1991 by the President of the USA with the Presidential Young Investigator Award and in 2003 by the Very Large Data Bases conference with the 10-Year Best Paper Award, while in 2004 and 2010 he was named “ACM Fellow” and “IEEE Fellow” by the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, respectively. He has received teaching awards, such as the “Xanthopoulos-Pnevmatikos Award for Outstanding University Teaching” from FORTH and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Rector of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. He has been elected and served as president of the ACM SIGMOD. He is a member of the scientific councils of various organizations in Europe and the USA, such as the Max Planck Institute of Informatics.