The University of Crete announces the awarding of the “Professor Zoe Dimitriadis Excellence Awards” for the academic year 2022-2023

Jun 26, 2024 | Awards

The award is funded by the donation of Professor Zoe Dimitriadis and is granted to postgraduate students, doctoral candidates, and/or postdoctoral researchers of the University of Crete for publications as first co-authors in top-tier international scientific journals during the previous academic year of the award.

Dr. Zoe Dimitriadis was born in Thessaloniki. She attended the American College “ANATOLIA” and completed her undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, graduating with honors. She completed her postgraduate and doctoral studies in Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and her practical training in Switzerland at the multinational company Viscosuisse AG, a subsidiary of Rhone Poulenc Group (now Aventis). She served as a Lecturer – Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Piraeus and as an Associate Professor – Professor in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Macedonia. After her retirement, she has made donations to well-known charitable institutions in Greece and to distinguished Greek universities to reward outstanding students and support financially disadvantaged students and individuals with disabilities.

The “Professor Zoe Dimitriadis Excellence Award” is accompanied by a monetary prize of two thousand euros (€2,000.00) for each awardee.

The recipients of the award for the academic year 2022-23 are Dr. Emmanouil Nikoloudakis and Ms. Konstantina Biza.

Dr. Emmanouil Nikoloudakis completed his undergraduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Crete, conducted his postgraduate studies in the Laboratory of Bioinorganic Chemistry, and completed his doctoral dissertation in 2022. During his doctoral research, he visited the University of Nantes in France, working in the laboratory of Dr. Odobel. His research led to the publication “Nikoloudakis E., Pati P. B., Charalambidis G., Budkina D. S., Diring S., Planchat A., Jacquemin D., Vauthey E., Coutsolelos A.G., Odobel F., “Dye-Sensitized Photoelectrosynthesis Cells for Benzyl Alcohol Oxidation Using a Zinc Porphyrin Sensitizer and TEMPO Catalyst”, ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 19, 12075-12086.″, for which he was awarded the “Professor Zoe Dimitriadis Excellence Award.”

Konstantina Biza is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Crete. Her dissertation focuses on the discovery and study of causal relationships. She holds a degree in Biology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Crete. Her work, titled “Out-of-sample Tuning for Causal Discovery,” involves selecting the best algorithm for discovering causal relationships from a dataset. The proposed method applies a series of causal discovery algorithms and selects the best one based on machine learning techniques. Co-authors and supervisors of the work are Professor Ioannis Tsamardinos of the Department of Computer Science and Assistant Professor Sofia Triantafyllou of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Crete.


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