Sofia Maria Nikolakaki - PhD Candidate

Sofia Maria


PhD Candidate

Computer Science Department

Boston University

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Computer Science Department MCS 135

Boston University

111 Cummington Mall

Boston, MA 02215

About me

Hello! I am a second year PhD student in the Computer Science Department at Boston University. I am a member of the Data Management Group, working under the supervision of Professor Evimaria Terzi.

My research focus is algorithmic data mining, networks, and machine learning. I am currently working on problems in network graph mining for urban informatics.

Before beginning the pursue of a PhD, I received my Electronic & Computer Engineering Diploma and M.Sc at the Technical University of Crete in Chania, Greece, under the supervision of Professor Apostolos Dollas.

Work Experience

Research Assistant

Boston University

May 2016- Present

Working on Graph Mining for Urban Informatics.

Teaching Assistant

Boston University

January 2016- May 2016

I held the position of a Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate course Combinatoric Stuctures.

Research Assistant

Technical University of Crete

February 2014- July 2015

Implementation of real time hardware-based streaming Machine Learning algorithms for the EU-funded project QualiMaster.

Teaching Assistant

Technical University of Crete

March 2014- July 2015

I held the position of a Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate courses Advanced Logic Design and Digital Computers.



Boston University

September 2015 - Present

Computer Science

Master of Science

Technical University of Crete

March 2014 - July 2015

GPA: 10.0/10.0

Electronic & Computer Engineering

Diploma (5-year)

Technical University of Crete

September 2008 - February 2014

GPA: 8.68/10.0

Electronic & Computer Engineering

Graduate Coursework

Boston University

Data Mining, Prof. Evimaria Terzi

Graduate Computer Networks, Prof. Abraham Matta

Formal Methods, Prof. Assaf Kfoury

Statistical Analysis of Network Data, Prof. Eric Kolaczyk

Graduate Algorithms, Prof. Steve Homer

Technical University of Crete

Processing and Analyzing Big Data, Prof. Minos Garofalakis (audit)

Computational Geometry, Assistant Prof. Vasilis Samoladas

Reconfigurable Computing Systems, Prof. Apostolos Dollas

Machine Learning, Assoc. Prof. Michail G. Lagoudakis

Honors & Awards

Student Travel Award



Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship

Gerondelis Foundation


Dean's Fellowship

Boston University


Non-service fellowship which provides a stipend and scholarship.

Limmat Stiftung Excellence Award

Limmat Stiftung


Award of Academic Excellence: For graduating in 2014 with the 3rd highest GPA (Amount: 6,000 EUR).


Towards Accelerating the LIBSVM Software on the Reconfigurable Maxeler System.

S. M. Nikolakaki, P. Malakonakis, E. Sotiriades and A. Dollas

HiStencils 2016, 3rd International Workshop on High-Performance Stencil Computations