Ioannis Kontoyiannis

Short biographical note



Ioannis Kontoyiannis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1972. He received the B.Sc. degree in mathematics in 1992 from Imperial College (University of London), and in 1993 he obtained a distinction in Part III of the Cambridge University Pure Mathematics Tripos. In 1997 he received the M.S. degree in statistics, and in 1998 the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, both from Stanford University. Between June and December 1995 he worked at IBM Research, on a NASA-IBM satellite image processing and compression project.  From June 1998 to August 2001 we was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Statistics at Purdue University (and also, by courtesy, with the Department of Mathematics, and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering). Between August 2000 and January 2005 he has was an Assistant, then Associate Professor (tenured), with the Division of Applied Mathematics and with the Department of Computer Science at Brown University. Since March 2005 he has been with the Department of Informatics of the Athens University of Economics and Business, where he currently a Professor.


In 2002 he was awarded the Manning endowed assistant professorship; in 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship; in 2005 he was awarded an honorary Master of Arts Degree Ad Eundem by Brown University; in 2009 he was awarded a two-year Marie Curie Fellowship; in 2011 he was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow. He has published over 35 journal articles in leading international journals and over 80 conference papers in the top international conferences in his field. He also holds two U.S. patents. He has been a plenary speaker in several conferences and has given invited lectures in many international meetings as well as in various departments in leading institutions around the world, including M.I.T., Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia University and Cambridge University. He has served on the editorial board of the American Mathematical Society's Quarterly of Applied Mathematics journal, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Springer-Verlag's Acta Applicandae Mathematicae, Springer-Verlag’s Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series, and the online journal Entropy. He has also served as a chair or member of the program committee of numerous IEEE conferences, and he also served a short term as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.


His research interests include data compression, applied probability, information theory, statistics, and mathematical biology.