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Research Staff Member & Manager
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA



I am research staff member and manager of the Next Generation Applications group at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, consisting of research staff members and senior software engineers that conduct basic and applied research in cloud service management, BigData platforms & applications, and applied machine learning. In 2016, I have been designated as IBM Master Inventor.

Transferred and productized technology that my group and I have developed in the following products / SaaS offerings:

  1. IBM Watson IoT Platform - Edge Analytics Agent (transferred the software library for embeddable, streaming time series predictive analytics)
  2. IBM Cloud Operations Analytics - Predictive Insights (developed the software library with time series forecasting models used for dynamic baselining and prediction: video)
  3. IBM InfoSphere Streams, Time Series Analysis Tookit for Streams (developed streaming time series forecasting models including Holt-Winters, ARIMA, BATS, seasonal-trend decomposition for Streams: link)
  4. IBM Regulatory Compliance Analytics (we developed the cognitive service that analyzes regulations and detects obligations/requirements: video)
  5. IBM Cloud Infrastructure for Analytics - Secure Hadoop (link)

My research interests lie in the areas of:

  • Cloud Computing and Service Management
  • BigData and Machine Learning Platforms and Applications, Analysis of Time Series and Unstructured Data
  • Mobile Systems, Applications and Services

List of my patents and publications can be found here

- Our paper "Data-at-Rest Security for Apache Spark" (with Syed Yousaf Shah and Brent Paulovicks) received the Best Application Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on BigData 2016.

- In 2009, I co-founded and served as General co-Chair of the International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE 2009), for which I currently serve in its steering committee (2010-2016).

- I served as Guest co-Editor of the ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) Journal, Special Issue on Advances in Mobile Applications and Provisioned Services (2011) and Associate Editor of ACM/Springer Wireless Networks Journal (2010-2011).

- I received a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from UCLA in 2005 and 2003 respectively, and a M.Eng. in Electrical Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece in 1999.

More details can be found in my CV (last update: Jan. 2017)