My name is Costas Zarifis, I was born and raised in Maroussi, Athens.
I am a Ph.D. student studying Computer Science in the Database Group at UC San Diego under the supervision of Yannis Papakonstantinou. I completed my undergrad Diploma (5 year degree) at the Electronic and Computer Engineering Dept (ECE) at the Technical University of Crete.
Being a young, energetic, CS grad student, I enjoy being amidst problems, brainstorming for a solution and I feel even more fulfilled when I provide it.
During these years at TUC and UC San Diego I had the opportunity to work on various fields, such as Telecommunications, Electronics, Computer Science and Architecture. What truly caught my attention, though, was undoubtedly Computer Science & Software Engineering.
Dodging problems, burning the midnight oil coding and looking for solutions to problems can only be surpassed by my never-ending need to optimize my applications and of course by the fact that people use these applications into their everyday lives.While I was truly fascinated by my frequent interaction with several challenging design and computing applications, more recently I have been more intrigued by the potential to tackle interesting research topics in the field of software engineering.
Having said that, my research interests lie in the areas of:
- Software Engineering
- Web and Mobile Architectures, Applications, and Services
- Wireless Sensor Networks
- Database Systems & Big Data Management Systems
I like to preserve an active attitude towards everything I do - and the same applies to my leasure time activities. These activities include, Traveling, Snowboarding, Longboarding, Running, Kick-Boxing and Swimming
In addition, when I want to take some time off and relax, I like playing Table & Video Games, Listening to music and of course, since I am a people person, I particularly enjoy the above mentioned activities with the company of my friends.