Team Members

Leadership

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Tagkopoulos Ilias

Founder

Dr. Tagkopoulos is a leading expert in computational science with a focus in biomedical and business applications. He is a tenured associate professor of Computer Science and Genome Center, University of California, Davis. Prior joining University of California, Ilias was an associate of Credit Suisse, NY office, working on fixed income derivatives models and tools. Ilias holds a Diploma from University of Patras, a MSc from Columbia University and a PhD from Princeton University, all in Electrical Engineering.

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Aisopos Kostas

Director, Software Engineering

Dr. Kostas Aisopos is the Chief Architect of the PIPA infrastructure and team lead for the automated machine learning project. Before joining PIPA, Kostas spend five years with Microsoft Inc. working on projects related to Windows Mobile and Cortana AI. He holds a Diploma from University of Patras (Greece), a MSc from Princeton and a PhD from Princeton/MIT, all in electrical and computer engineering.

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Minseung Kim

Director, Machine Learning

Minseung Kim is part of the Data Science team in PIPA. He has worked as a computational scientist and machine learning expert for various corporations and institutions. He holds a Master degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, both in Computer Science.

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Berici Eli

Director, Grants and Contracts

Ms. Berici is responsible for regulatory compliance, contracts and financial management. Prior joining PIPA, she was a grants and contracts officer with the University of California, Davis. Eli attended Seinajoki Business School (Finland) and has a BSc in Economics from University of Patras (Greece).

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Tsoukalas Nasos

Senior Data Scientist

Dr. Tsoukalas is an electrical engineer with specialization in robotics and medical informatics. Dr. Tsoukalas has worked in various European and US-based projects both in Greece and California, USA. He holds a Diploma and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Patras, Greece. After his PhD, he joined the Department of Computer Science and Genome Center, University of California, Davis, where he was employed for three years as a postdoctoral research fellow.

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Kokkinos Yiannis

Senior Data Scientist

Dr. Kokkinos is a data scientist who got his BSc in Physics sometime in the past millennium. Yiannis holds a MSc and PhD degree from the Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, with a focus on Large-scale parallel data mining through Machine Learning. He has published more than twenty scientific papers related to ML. Yiannis has worked as software developer, as CS instructor in various institutions and as data scientist for CRM data.

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Vergidis Kostas

Academic collaborator

Dr. Vergidis is an academic collaborator at the Thessaloniki office. He is an expert in operations research and business process optimization. Kostas is a tenure-track assistant professor at the Applied Informatics department, University of Macedonia, has a BS in Applied Informatics from the same university and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cranfield University, UK.

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Balanos John

Software Development Manager

John Balanos is a seasoned Software Architect and Software Development Manager. John has worked in various software projects in telecoms , tourism and retails sectors among others. He is a passionate agile coach, trying to transform and lead teams of software engineers through agile software development principles. John is a strong supporter of clean code, test driven development and solid design principles. He spends most of his free time learning new technologies like blockchain and ethereum, contributing in the local meet up communities and hacking while trying to find the next "big thing".

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Diamantis Zisis

System Administrator

Zisis is our office manager, responsible for both the Athens and Thessaloniki office. He is also a system admin with a specialization in network security and penetration testing. Zisis has a Diploma in Informatics and Telecommunications from the University of Peloponnese.

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Panagiotakos Theodoros

Data Scientist

After receiving his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from NTUA, with expertise in operations research, Thodoris worked as a data warehouse and business intelligence consultant with Teradata. He contributed in several projects in the Middle East, Cyprus and Greece, before deciding to pursue his passion for machine learning. After completing his M.Sc in Data Science from the University of Edinburgh, Thodoris joined PIPA in its effort to "make the world a better place".

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Makris Yiannis

Data Scientist

Yiannis is a Data Scientist with expertise in statistics and machine learning. He has a BSc in statistics from Athens University of Economics and Business and an MSc in Data Analytics from the University of Warwick, UK. He joined PIPA since he thought it was a unique opportunity to apply and learn high-level machine learning and AI techniques.

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Nousias Akis

Data Scientist

Akis is a Data Scientist with an M.Sc. in Advanced Computer & Communication Systems from The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a specialization in Computational Intelligence Practices and Applications. Before pursuing his passion for Machine Learning, Akis was involved with several structural projects from a computational point of view and has worked in various small firms in the building industry. He joined PIPA to have the opportunity to grow & learn and try to make an impact.

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Gklavas Orestis

Software engineer

Orestis is a computer scientist with several years of experience in full stack development. He currently specializes in Middleware development for security and scalability. Orestis holds an Integrated Master's degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece.

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Vasilaki Lamprini

Software engineer

Lamprini is a computer engineer who specializes in server-side middleware engineering and scalable software development. Lamprini has a Diploma in Computer and Communications Engineering from the University of Thessaly.

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Ouzounis Georgios

Software engineer

Georgios is a Software Engineer with experience both in back and front end development. He is an advocate of clean, documented and fully tested code that can be deployed with minimum effort. Georgios holds an Integrated Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

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Koutoupas Fotis

Software engineer

Fotis is a software engineer who specializes in scalable front-end technologies. He enjoys writing clean code, implementing end to end testing and good tooling. He is also a contributor in open-source projects. Fotis graduated from CITY College (Faculty of Sheffield University) with a BSc in Computer Science.

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Karatsin Ilias

Software engineer

Ilias Karatsin is a Software Engineer, who enjoys writing well designed, maintainable and testable code. He is very interested in Machine Learning, Big Data scalability and mobile development. He has already published two android applications, and he is a contributor to open source projects. Ilias holds a BSc in Informatics and Communication from the Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, and he is currently finishing his M.Sc Thesis in Software and Data Analytics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at the Computer Science department.

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Giannouli Christina

UI/UX Designer

Christina is a self-taught UI Designer and Front-end Developer with great expertise in CSS3. She loves creating unique user interfaces and bringing them to life using the latest web technologies. Christina after graduated with a BEng in Civil Engineering from T.E.I. of Thessaloniki she then followed her passion on Front-end Development and Design.

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Hadjipanayiotou Polina

Marketing Specialist

Polina is a digital marketing specialist with deep expertise on strategy, performance marketing and eCommerce. She’s fascinated by user psychology and the power of words to stir up people. You’ll find her pairing creativity and data to build growth strategies for companies and brands. Polina has studied English Language & Literature and has an MA in Media, Culture & Society by the University of Essex.

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Curtis Khania

Designer

Khania is an interdisciplinary designer with a background in art, architecture and urban design. She has created and managed signage and visual identity programs, digital/print design, and brand building, working with renowned design agencies. Khania is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelors in Architecture and Bachelors in Fine Art and from Columbia University with a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design.

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Karadaki Pinelopi

Legal Counsel

Pinelopi is attorney at law in Heraklion, Creta. She has a diploma in law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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Polizos Chris

Office Administrator

Chris is our office administrator. He possesses a long track record of working in various administrative roles. Chris holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting & Finance and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki.