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Lydia Zakynthinou is a PhD student in the Theoretical Computer Science program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professors Jonathan Ullman and Huy Lê Nguyen. Before joining Northeastern, Zakynthinou 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 online convex optimization and online learning – in algorithmic aspects of differential privacy as well as the more classic field of approximation algorithms.


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

About Me

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 second year in the PhD program.

What are your research interests?

I am interested in online learning and privacy.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

The universality of the theoretical approach to computer science and the disarming certainty of a proof.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

To learn, to understand, and to be the best researcher I can be.

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. It is a school which combines many different fields and is filled with a lot people who love their research as much as teaching.