Short Curriculum

Nikos E. Kouvaris

Born in 1980 in Athens and raised in the Aegean island of Icaria. Studied physics (BSc) and computational physics (MSc) at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Subsequently moved to Athens and Berlin as a PhD scholar. Obtained PhD in Applied Mathematics, for studies of synchronization in complex systems. Started postdoctoral research at Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and continue at University of Barcelona. Worked as researcher in the Computational Neuroscience group at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and granted the “MOVE-IN Louvain” international fellowship for performing research in complex systems in naXys, Belgium. Currently, working as Data Scientist on various projects in DRIBIA Data Research.


2011: PhD in Applied Mathematics, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Athens and Aristotle University, Thessaloniki..
2006: MSc in Computational Physics, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki.
2004: BSc in Physics, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki.

Languages: Greek, English, Spanish, German (B1).

Non-Academic experience


Data Scientist at DRIBIA Data Research


Data Scientis at Shotl (On-demand shuttles)

Academic experience


Senior Postdoctoral Researcher.
naXys, Namur Center for Complex Systems
University of Namur, Department of Mathematics, Namur, Belgium.
Complex Systems Group (Prof. Timoteo Carletti).


Senior Postdoctoral Researcher.
Center for Brain and Cognition
Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC)
Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.
Computational Neuroscience Group (Prof. Gustavo Deco).


Postdoctoral researcher.
University of Barcelona, Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Barcelona, Spain.
Complex Lab Barcelona (Prof. Albert Díaz-Guilera).


Postdoctoral research fellow.
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Department of Physical Chemistry, Berlin, Germany.
Complex Systems Group (Prof. Alexander S. Mikhailov).


Doctoral research scholar.
Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Physics, Berlin, Germany.
TSP/TSD Group (Prof. Lutz Schimansky-Geier)


Visiting doctoral scholar.
Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Physics, Berlin, Germany.
TSP/TSD Group (Prof. Lutz Schimansky-Geier)


Doctoral scholar.
National Research Center “Demokritos”, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Athens, Greece.
Statistical Mechanics and Complex Dynamical Systems Group (Prof. Astero Provata)


Fellowships, Grants and Activities


MOVE-IN Louvain” Incoming post-doc Fellowship, co-funded by the Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission for studying “Self-organization and self-adaptation of complex networks”.
naXys, Namur Center for Complex Systems, University of Namur, Department of Mathematics.


John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation research fellowship for studying “Collective behavior in networks of biological neurons: mathematical modeling and software development”. Collaborating institutes:
1. NCSR “Demokritos” Athens
2. University of Barcelona
3. University of Aberdeen
4. University of Patras
5. Universiteit van Amsterdam


IKYDA (IKY-DAAD) Exchange Program: “Chimera states in dynamical networks of nonlinear systems” (Coordinator: Dr. J. Hizanidis, NCSR “Demokritos”)


Scholarship of distinction of year 2008 by the Research Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Doctoral research scholarship by the Institute of Physical Chemistry (Statistical Mechanics & Complex Dynamical Systems Group in the National Research Center “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece


Award of excellence by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) for performance on the M.Sc. in Computational Physics


Distinction of every class completed, Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.