The 4th 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

Minos Garofalakis is the Director of the Information Management Systems Institute (IMSI) at the ATHENA Research Centre in Athens, Greece, and a Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete (TUC), where he also directs the Software Technology and Network Applications Laboratory (SoftNet). He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, and has held positions as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies (1998-2005), as a Senior Researcher at Intel Research Berkeley (2005-2007), and as a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research (2007-2008). In parallel, he also held an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the EECS Department of the University of California, Berkeley (2006-2008). His research interests are in the broad areas of Big Data analytics and large-scale Machine Learning. He has published over 180 scientific papers and is an inventor on 36 US Patent flings (29 patents issued) for companies such as Lucent, Yahoo!, and AT&T. GoogleScholar gives over 15,000 citations to Prof. Garofalakis's work, and an h-index value of 66. He is an ACM Fellow (2018) and an IEEE Fellow (2017) for contributions to data analytics, and a recipient of the TUC Research Excellence Award (2015), the Bell Labs President's Gold Award (2004), and the Bell Labs Teamwork Award (2003). 

Georgia Koutrika

Georgia Koutrika is Research Director at Athena Research Center in Greece. She has more than 15 years of experience in multiple roles at HP Labs, IBM Almaden, and Stanford. Her work focuses on interactive and intelligent data exploration and data management systems, and combines advanced data analysis, deep learning, and natural language processing techniques. Her work has been incorporated in commercial products, described in 14 granted patents and 26 patent applications in the US and worldwide, and published in more than 110 papers in top-tier conferences and journals. 
Georgia is an ACM Senior Member, and IEEE Senior Member. She is a member of the VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees, and the PVLDB Advisory board. She is co-EiC for VLDB Journal, PC co-chair for VLDB 2023, co-EiC of Proceedings of the VLDB (PVLDB).  Georgia has received several awards, including recently the EDBT 2023 Test-of-Time award. She was general chair for ACM SIGMOD 2016, and she has served in various other organization roles, including EDBT 2023 and ICDE 2021 sponsorship chair. She has served or serves as associate editor for top conferences (such as ACM SIGMOD and VLDB) and journals (TKDE, VLDB Journal), as well as in various organization roles. She is the chair of ACM Europe Working Group on Seasonal Schools, and a member of the ACM-RAISE Working Group.

Alkis Simitsis

Alkis Simitsis is a Research Director at Athena Research Center and an IEEE Senior Member. In the past, he held various positions with HP/HPE Labs, Micro Focus, Unravel Data, and IBM Research, including Chief Scientist, Systems Architect, and Principal Research Scientist. Alkis brings 18+ years of critical experience in both startup and corporate environments, building innovative information and data management solutions and enterprise-grade products in areas such as scalable big data infrastructure, data-intensive analytics, information management, business intelligence, data warehouses, massively parallel processing, distributed databases, column-store databases, graph databases, security analytics, and cloud computing. Alkis holds 44 U.S. patents, 1 European patent, and has filed 50+ patent applications in the U.S. and worldwide, has published 110+ papers in refereed international journals and conferences (top publications cited 6800+ times, h-index: 44), and frequently serves in various roles in organization and program committees of top-tier international scientific conferences. His most recent service includes PC co-chair for EDBT/ICDT 2025, vice chair for IEEE Big Data 2023, area chair for IEEE ICDE 2023, associate editor for PVLDB 2023, ACM/IMS J. of Data Science, and Elsevier DKE, and rapid response reviewer for SIGMOD 2024. Alkis is a recipient of the ACM DOLAP 2023 Test-of-Time Award, several best demo paper awards (ACM CIKM 2020, ACM SIGMOD 2014 and 2012) and service awards (IEEE ICDE 2023, EDBT 2023, ACM SIGMOD 2021).



Tasos Patrikakos, “Athena” Research Center
Eleni Sotiropoulou, “Athena” Research Center
Georgia Kalozoumi, “Athena” Research Center
Mike Xydas, “Athena” Research Center



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