Ilias Diakonikolas is an Assistant Professor and Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair in the Department of Computer Science at USC. He obtained a Diploma in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University, where he was advised by Mihalis Yannakakis. Before moving to USC, he was a faculty member at the University of Edinburgh, and prior to that he was the Simons postdoctoral fellow in theoretical computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is on the algorithmic foundations of massive data sets, in particular, on designing efficient algorithms for fundamental problems in statistics and machine learning. He has received a Sloan Fellowship, a NSF CAREER Award, a Google Faculty Research Award, a Marie Curie Fellowship, the IBM Research Pat Goldberg Best Paper Award, and an honorable mention in the George Nicholson competition from the INFORMS society.