Dr. Dimitrios Lyras was born in Kozani, Greece. He received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering and his Ph.D. in Data Mining and Deductive Logic Reasoning from the University of Patras, Greece. Currently he is working as Principal Data Scientist at SAP. He has paired concrete hands-on working experience in Software Engineering with leading research on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Statistical Computational Biology. Being equally skilled at both the practical and the theoretical level, he has authored several articles, published in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, and has contributed to numerous R&D projects.
Dr. Lyras is very enthusiastic about programming and he is an active IEEE volunteer. He has been serving the IEEEXtreme Programming contest as a judge since practically its beginning, and was awarded the IEEE MGA Achievement Award in 2009. He loves being part of the IEEEXtreme community and fosters the idea that IEEEXtreme is a contest like no other…it is a 24-hour PROGRAMMING PARTY and everyone is welcome on board!