I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF), working under the guidance of Prof. Anja Feldmann and Prof. Krishna Gummadi. I am also a core member of the International Data-driven Research for Advanced Modeling and Analysis Lab (iDrama Lab). Furthermore,I am affiliated with the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), a non-profit organization aiming to develop tools to counter online hate.

Research

Overall, my research focuses on applying machine learning and data-driven quantitative analysis to understand emerging phenomena on the Web such as the spread of false information and hateful rhetorics. My research has been published at top-tier conferences such as ICWSM and ACM IMC. My co-authors and I have received best/distinguished paper awards at ACM IMC 2018 and CyberSafety 2019.

I am extremely lucky to actively collaborate with some amazing/legendary academics:

News

  • December 2019: Mr. Obvious and 4chan’s /pol/ users reviewed my PhD thesis! tldr: the thesis is pathetic, it does not deserve the digital space it occupies, and I am not a contributing member of society!
  • November 2019: Paper accepted at ICWSM 2020: “Characterizing the Use of Images in State-Sponsored Information Warfare Operations by Russian Trolls on Twitter”.
  • October 2019: Successfully defended my PhD thesis at Cyprus University of Technology! Officially a Dr. :)
  • July 2019: Three papers accepted at ICWSM 2020: 1) “A Quantitative Approach to Understanding Online Antisemitism”; 2) “And We Will Fight For Our Race!” A Measurement Study of Genetic Testing Conversations on Reddit and 4chan” and 3) “Disturbed YouTube for Kids: Characterizing and Detecting Inappropriate Videos Targeting Young Children”.
  • June 2019: Small US “tour” to give invited talk at Sigmetrics 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona, and attend WebSci 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • May 2019: Our paper “Disinformation Warfare: Understanding State-Sponsored Trolls on Twitter and Their Influence on the Web” won best paper award at CyberSafety workshop, co-located with The Web Conference 2019!

Education

During my studies, I also spent time on research internships at NEC in Heidelberg (2014), Telefonica Research in Barcelona (2017 and 2018), as well as six months as a visiting scholar at University of Alabama at Birmingham (2018).

Personal

I was born in Larnaca, Cyprus. I spent most of my life in Cyprus, however, during my studies, I travelled to several locations in Europe and the USA. In my free time I try to get out of Silver division in League of Legends (mainly playing at the top lane with Jax), I like to watch various sports including Football (or soccer as my American friends call it), Basketball, and Tennis. Also, I regularly shitpost online, with my colleagues, and generate some high quality memes for fun/trolling. Furthermore, I lurk various Web communities including 4chan’s /pol/.