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  • MS, University of Athens – Greece
  • BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens – Greece

About Me


Lydia Zakynthinou is a PhD student in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, advised by Professors Jonathan Ullman and Huy Lê Nguyễn. Before joining Northeastern, Lydia earned a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a Master of Science from the University of Athens. Her research interests lie in the areas of learning theory and differential privacy.

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I have completed the graduate program on Algorithms, Complexity and Computation Theory in Athens and I am now in my third year in the PhD program.

What are your research interests?

I am interested in understanding the trade-offs between various resources of learning algorithms — such as time, samples, communication, accuracy, and privacy — under different learning models and assumptions.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in Athens, Greece.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

I studied in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. This is a five year program encompassing a wide range of the ECE knowledge and consisting of two periods; the first building a diverse background (core) and the second specializing in a preferred concentration field (MEng).