Ioannis Kontoyiannis

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Ioannis Kontoyiannis

Contact Information

Department of Informatics
Athens University of Economics & Business
Patission 76, Athens 10434,

Research Interests

  • Shannon Theory
  • Source Coding
  • Statistical Learning and Inference


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 an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics, at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

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. He has published over 25 journal articles in leading international journals and over 50 conference papers in the top international conferences. 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 online journal Entropy, and is currently serving as an Associate Editor in the area of Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He has also served as a chair or member of the program committee of numerous IEEE conferences. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the London Mathematical Society, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. 

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

Participation & Positions:

Publications Committee (Associate Editor At Large, 10/01/17 until 12/31/20)
Thomas M. Cover Dissertation Award Subcommittee (Member, 01/01/17 until 12/31/19)
Publications Committee (Editor-in-Chief, 07/01/13 until 12/31/13)
Board of Governors (Transactions Editor-in-Chief, 07/01/13 until 12/14/13)
Publications Committee (Associate Editor At Large, 10/01/10 until 09/30/13)
Awards Committee (Member, 2008)
Publications Committee (Associate Editor for Shannon Theory, 11/01/07 until 10/31/10)

Author Of:

I. Kontoyiannis , "Recurrence and Waiting Times in Stationary Processes, and their Applications in Data Compression", Ph.D. Thesis, Stanford University, Stanfor, CA, May. 1998