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Originally from and still a resident of the city of Chania on the island of Crete, Greece., he is a Professor of Computer Science at the ECE Department of the Technical University of Crete, and the Director of the Software Technology and Network Applications Laboratory (SoftNet). He also serves as the ECE Department Chair (2011-2013). He received his BSc (Valedictorian, School of Engineering) in 1992 from the University of Patras, Computer Engineering and Informatics Dept. (UOPCEID). He spent the following year at UOPCEID as a post-graduate Fellow and in the Fall of 1993, he joined the graduate program in Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he received his MSc (1994) and PhD (1998) under the supervision of Prof. Yannis Ioannidis. He has worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs (1998-2005), as a Senior Research Scientist at Intel Research Berkeley (2005-2007), and as a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research (2007-2008). In parallel, he also held an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the EECS Department of the University of California, Berkeley (2006-2008), where he was part of the UC-Berkeley Database Group. His current research interests lie in the areas of probabilistic data management, approximate query processing, data streaming, network management, data mining, and XML and text databases. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2011), and a Member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. He has published over 110 scientific papers in these areas, including 61 papers in top-tier international conferences (e.g., 15 in ACM SIGMOD, 16 in VLDB, 4 in ACM PODS, and several others in IEEE ICDE, EDBT, ACM SIGKDD, IEEE INFOCOM, NIPS, etc.), and 32 papers in international journals (e.g., 6 in ACM TODS and 6 in The VLDB Journal). He received the 2009 IEEE ICDE Best Paper Award for his paper "Histograms and Wavelets on Probabilistic Data" (with G. Cormode, AT&T-Labs), and 7 of his SIGMOD/PODS/VLDB papers have been invited to journal special issues (ranking in the top 3-5 papers of their respective conferences). He has delivered several well-received conference tutorials on approximate query processing, data-stream processing, and distributed data streams, and has given invited tutorials on data streaming at the 2008 VLDB School in Cairo, Egypt and the University of Neuchatel (2007). His work has resulted in 35 US Patent filings (25 patents issued) for companies such as Lucent, Yahoo!, and AT&T. Harzing's Publish-or-Perish gives over 6500 citations to Prof. Garofalakis' work, and an h-index value of 42. He is the recipient of an FP7 Marie-Curie International Reintegration Fellowship (2010-2014), and a PI for the LIFT FP7-FET-Open research project (2010-2013). He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2011), and a recipient of the Bell Labs President's Gold Award (2004) and the Bell Labs Teamwork Award (2003).
Noted For:An ACM Distinguished Scientist (2011), having been recognized for significant advances in computing technology that have dramatically influenced progress on a range of human endeavors
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