Georgios Samaras

UOA, DIT, Panepistimiopolis, 15784 Athens, Greece ยท

Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications at the University of Athens under the supervision of prof. D. Gunopulos. Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) awarded me with the "Research Fellowship for Excellence". I am also a member of the Knowledge Discovery in Databases Laboratory (KDD Lab).


Research and Teaching Assistant

University of Athens

Design and Use of Databases.

Mar 2018 - Present

Researcher - Software Development Engineer

Greek Army

Hellenic Army Information Technology Support Center (KEPYES), Pentagon.

Aug 2017 - Apr 2018

Software Development Engineer Intern

Yahoo! Inc.

Computer Vision & Machine Learning group. Web scale visual similarity search with Spark.

Jun 2016 - Sep 2016

Teaching Assistant

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Software development for algorithms.

Feb 2016 - Jun 2016

Software Development Engineer

Athena Research and Innovation Center

European project Cloudflow. Linear Algebra in the cloud in big data.

Mar 2015 - Sep 2015

Software Engineer


European project GUDHI. Approximate Randomized Computational Geometry and AI in High Dimensions.

Apr 2014 - Nov 2014


National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Machine Learning. Spatial data and dynamic complex data analysis techniques.

Under Stavros Niarchos Foundation grant.

Apr 2018 - Present

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Master of Science - Ms, Information and Data Management


Oct 2015 - Feb 2017

USI Universitá della Svizzera italiana

Bachelor of Science - BS, Informatics


Sep 2012 - Feb 2013

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Bachelor of Science - BS, Informatics & Telecommunications


Sep 2010 - Feb 2015


  1. G. Avarikioti, I. Emiris, I. Psarros and G. Samaras, "Practical linear-space Approximate Near Neighbors in high dimension", The European Workshop on Computational Geometry, April 2017.
  2. Y. Avrithis, I. Emiris and G. Samaras, "High-dimensional visual similarity search: k-d Generalized Randomized Forests", Computer Graphics International, July 2016.


Aircrafts, Football, Stack Overflow and Investments.

Honors & awards

  • First NASA employee with 777 as permissions.
  • Research Fellowship for Excellence from Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
  • Full financial support for Winter school (France).
  • 1st Rank in Master (Data Science).
  • 1st Rank in Bachelor (Informatics and Telecommunications).
  • 2nd Rank in Erasmus (Informatics).
  • Master Thesis Published in Top Theses annual volume.
  • Thesis Published in Top Theses annual volume.
  • Full financial support for Mediterranean Days (France).
  • Paper acknowledgement for experiments in paper "Efficient Random-Walk Methods for Approximating Polytope Volume", Emiris, Fisikopoulos.
  • Found bugs in Facebook and proposed fixes (were debugged). Job offer as prize. Declined because fuck logic.
  • Erasmus Fellowship by Swiss government.
  • Student Excellence Award (x7).
  • All-time Top voted Student President.
  • Most questions in class, knowing the answer already. 4 years in a row.
  • 18 medals, 3 cups, Top Scorer Award. 3 Honors from the Hellenic Football Federation.