Dr. Nikolaos Laoutaris is Director of Data Science at Eurecat, the technology center of Catalunya, Spain, as well as co-founder and Chief Scientist of the Data Transparency Lab, a global community of technologists, researchers, policymakers and industry representatives working to advance online personal data transparency through scientific research, innovation and design. From 2007 to early 2017 Nikolaos was with Telefónica Research in Barcelona as researcher, senior researcher, and co-director.
Prior to joining the Barcelona lab he was a postdoc fellow at Harvard University and a Marie Curie postdoc fellow at Boston University. He got his PhD in computer science from the University of Athens in 2004. In his latest work Nikolaos has been focusing on data protection, privacy, and transparency on the web. His work on detecting price discrimination in e-commerce has received coverage by the international press and has led to collaboration and consultation with several legislative and regulatory bodies including DG GROWTH/CONNECT/JUSTICE of the EU, the Federal Trade Committee in the US, and the Office of Fair Trade in UK. Prior to that Nikolaos had worked in various system, algorithmic, and performance evaluation aspects of computer networks and distributed systems, including: efficient inter-datacenter bulk transfers, energy-efficient distributed system design, content distribution for long tail content, transparent scaling of social networks, pricing of broadband services and ISP interconnection economics.
He has published more than 60 publications in top-tier peer reviewed venues including ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE INFOCOM, ACM CoNEXT, ACM IMC, ACM SIGMETRICS, ACM PODC, WWW, ACM HotNets, ACM HotMobile, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (h-index of 28 according to Google Scholar). He has served multiple times in the technical program committees of most of the above-mentioned venues and has also been an associate editor for ACM Computer Communications Review, and Computer Networks Journal. He has filled more than 10 patents and has been granted 3. More info.