I am Nikos Vasilakis, a graduate student at the department of Computer and Information Science, at the University of Pennsylvania. I work with Prof. Jonathan M. Smith, Ben Karel and a whole bunch of other people on SAFE, a clean-slate security-focused redesign of the HW/SW stack.
During my undergraduate at the Computer Engineering and Informatics department, at the University of Patras, I worked on distributed systems and wireless sensor nets under the guidance of Dr. Ioannis Chatzigiannakis and Prof. Paul Spirakis. I was co-awarded for FinN, a framework for distributed applications and interactive installations. My dissertation "Design and Implementation of a Novel Application of Ubiquitous Computing" is an a posteriori, in-depth analysis of the framework.
In a past life, I worked on EduTubePlus, a 17-partner EU project on media services, as the technical leader of the team at RA.CTI. I was also the founding member of a chill out musical duo, with several releases in numerous downtempo labels across Europe. Now, I love designing t-shirts, playing sports and collaborating on new ideas. Shoot me an email if you're interested in working together on something new!
Jan 2010 - now
5-member technical leadership in an international environment (17 partners from 12 EU countries). Redesign; optimization of architecture tiers; implementation of custom development tools. EduTubePlus work package integration;
Jan 2009 - Dec 2009
International hybrid media service development; back-end & middle-tier design; implementation of critical components;
Fun in Numbers|
Research and development on the award-winning FinN platform - a framework for developing and using entertainment interactive systems based on wireless sensor networks.
Extensive work (design & implementation) on various systems, technologies and frameworks (software, hardware, algorithms, math etc).
Design & implementation of a novel application of ubiquitous computing using interactive installations.
N.Vasilakis, B.Karel, J.M.Smith: Anδromeδa, a Massively Distributed Operating System for the Commodity Cloud, 15th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS XV), Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland, May 18-20, 2015 [Under Submission]
U.Dhawan, C.Hritcu, N.Vasilakis, R.Rubin, S.Chiricescu, J.M.Smith, T.F.Knight Jr., B.C.Pierce, and A.DeHon Architectural Support for Software-Defined Metadata Processing In Proc. of the International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS'15), Istanbul, Turkey, March 14-18, 2015
U.Dhawan, N.Vasilakis, R.Rubin, S.Chiricescu, J.M.Smith, T.F.Knight Jr., B.C.Pierce and A.DeHon, PUMP: A Programmable Unit for Metadata Processing, In Proc. of the 3rd Workshop on Hardware and Architectural Support for Security and Privacy (HASP14), Minneapolis, MN, USA, Jun 15, 2014
P.Loher, N.Vasilakis, J.Malamon, HW.Chen and I.Rigoutsos HandsFree-Next Generation Sequence Processing, Mapping and Analysis Made Easy In Proc. 9th International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS2013), Montreal, QC, Canada, July 2013.
O.Akribopoulos, M.Logaras, N.Vasilakis, P.Kokkinos, G.Mylonas, I.Chatzigiannakis and P.Spirakis: Developing Multiplayer Pervasive Games and Networked Interactive Installations using Ad hoc Mobile Sensor Nets. In Proc. of the 5th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE 2009), Athens, Greece, October 29-31, 2009.
O.Akribopoulos, M.Logaras, N.Vasilakis, P.Kokkinos, G.Mylonas and I.Chatzigiannakis: Using Wireless Sensor Networks to Develop Pervasive Multi-player Games. In Proc. 6th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SENSYS 2008), Raleigh, NC, USA, Nov 5-7, 2008.
O.Akribopoulos, M.Logaras, N.Vasilakis, P.Kokkinos, G.Mylonas and I.Chatzigiannakis: Fun in numbers (FINN) : A Platform for Developing and Playing Multi-Player Pervasive Games. In Proc. 1st Student Workshop on Wireless Sensor Networks (SWWSN 2008), Athens, Greece, Nov 1, 2008
O.Akribopoulos, D.Bousis, D.Efstathiou, H.Koutsouridis, M.Logaras, A.Loukas, A.Nafas, G.Oikonomou, I.Thireou, N.Vasilakis, P.Kokkinos, G.Mylonas and I.Chatzigiannakis: A Software Platform for Developing Multi-player Pervasive Games Using Small Programmable Object Technologies. In Proc. 5th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2008), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Sep 29 - Oct 2, 2008. IEEE Society Best Demo Award.
Centre de Congrès
FinN team participated at ICT Exhibition 2008: Europe's biggest research event for information and communication technologies
Clarion Congress Hotel
FinN team participated at FET'09: The European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition - a new European forum dedicated to frontier research in future and emerging information technologies.
FinN team organized & participated in numerous events throughout the university campus.
2014: 3rd place (>70 participants), NYC Media Lab Annual
Summit (gistly: $250).
2014: Zahn Competition Runner-up, CCNY Zahn Innovation
Center (gistly: $2,000).
2009: Golden Creative Showcase Award in 5th International ACM/SIGCHI Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment (ACE), October, 2009, Athens, Greece.
2008: Best IEEE Society Demo Award in 5th International IEEE Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), October 2008, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
2003: Graduation Distinction, Ministry of Education.
1997: Marathon Tennis Championship Golden Award.
1994: Bronze Award 4x25 meters Freestyle Swimming.
1993: Special Distinction for Swimming.
Note that this is a portable, abstract, 1-page résumé; actually, it is far less detailed than this web page. In case you need a full-length curriculum vitæ, do not hesitate to contact me.
Latest update: January 2015.
Just fire up node and evaluate:
e = "nikos.vasilak.is"
Distributed Systems Laboratory
Dept. of Computer and Information Science
The University of Pennsylvania
3330 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104