Vasilis Livanos

PhD Student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Research interests:
Algorithmic Game Theory, Dynamics of Social Networks,
Computational Social Choice, Mechanism Design.

Contact info:
Desk # 1, Room # 3219
Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science
201 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801


I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at UIUC, where I am very fortunate to be working with Ruta Mehta and Hari Sundaram. My research interests lie in algorithmic game theory, social networks and computational social choice. I enjoy learning more about the computability and complexity of equilibria as well as the impact of strategic behavior in multi-agent systems and social networks. In addition, I am interested in designing efficient algorithms and mechanisms for problems in these scientific areas.

Before joining the theory group at UIUC, I received my Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens where I was a member of the Computation and Reasoning Lab and I was lucky enough to be advised by Dimitris Fotakis. Together, we explored the dynamics of opinions in multi-agent systems, an area that lies at the crossroads of algorithmic game theory and social networks. This work provided the basis for my diploma thesis on convergence and equilibria on coevolutionary opinion formation games.

Finally, my other passion besides algorithms is photography and you can take a look at some of my photos here.