ORIE Colloquium: Jelena Diakonikolas (Wisconsin)


Password: 2020


Jelena Diakonikolas is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main research interests are in the area of large-scale optimization. She is also interested in applications of optimization methods, particularly those pertaining to machine learning and networked systems. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Professor Diakonikolas was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley's Foundations of Data Analysis (FODA) TRIPODS Institute, where she primarily worked with Mike Jordan. In fall 2018, she was a Microsoft Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, associated with the program on Foundations of Data Science. Prior to starting the postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Computer Science at Boston University, where she worked with Lorenzo Orecchia. Professor Diakonikolas completed her Ph.D. at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, where she was co-advised by Gil Zussman and Cliff Stein. She received her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computing (with major in telecommunications and microwave engineering) from the School of Electrical Engineering, at the University of Belgrade,