Senior researcher at
Communication Systems Group
ETH Zürich, ETZ H84
Gloriastrasse 35, CH-8092
Office: +41 446327006
A few years ago, I made the big decision to move from a "mainstream" career in computer science to a highly interdisciplinary research agenda combining networking, urban studies, interaction design, and behavioral economics. With my collegues, we are now trying to establish nethood as a nonprofit organization based in Zurich, which aims to provide tools for the participatory design of hybrid urban spaces that encourage information sharing between strangers, citizen engagement, and conviviality. I owe a lot to Prof. Bernhard Plattner who provided an ideal research and human environment for such a demanding step in my life. Thanks to him I will be soon ready to enter fully into the nethood world! :-)
My current research is partially supported by the Network of Excellence in Internet Science. The following position paper, presented at the 1st International Conference on Internet Science, Brussels, and co-authored with Ileana Apostol, summarizes some of our core ideas and long-term vision: The Neighbourhood Game: from behavioural economics to urban planning [paper, slides].
Since this presentation, we spend most of our time studying related work from different disciplines, discovering similar projects, organizing interdisciplinary events, and travelling for research visits and invited talks. We will soon present and synthesize the outcome of this phase of our work at this web site: http://nethood.org.
Selected invited talks
Abstracts in conferences of different disciplines
I love to take photos of "moments", broadly defined, as a means to capture interesting aspects of life on earth :-). As Ross Daly once said: "There are musicians that they play music for you to listen to them. And there are musicians that they play music for you to listen to it [the music]". I think that this holds for all forms of art, and I like to see myself as an amateur photographer in the latter category (but I do appreciate many artists that belong in the former).
I hope that I will find the time at some moment to organize my photos around themes and prepare more slideshows with selected photos on each of them. The following are a few I prepared long time ago around a specific music piece (as from recently, due to changes at the site of ipernity, you need to open a different page to listen to the music while the slideshow is running):
You can also try to navigate my various online accounts in various photo sharing sites like these ones: ipernity, Panayotis@flickr, panayotis@flickr, and youvarlaki@flickr (managed together with Ileana Apostol).
These are some interesting photography groups that I have created (but never found the time to properly administer and promote):
Selected publications per research topic
[complete list | all bibtex | citations]
The NetHood project and interdisciplinarity
Hybrid communities and urban planning
See also: http://nethood.org
Social networks analysis and mining
Federation economics and testbeds
See also: http://www.myslice.info and a tutorial on SFA and MySlice at TridentCom 2012 (with J. Auge and T. Friedman)
Social incentives for peer-to-peer systems
See also: http://nes.aueb.gr/p2p.html
If you made it up to here perhaps you deserve to see some more photos :-)