Author Archives: Michael

Project funded by the Academy of Finland

The Academy will fund the project ‘Model Management Systems (MLDB)’, following a consortium application with Prof. Aristides Gionis from Aalto University. The funding for my research group is 400,000€. Link to decision:

The news is particularly exciting, as I aim to expand my research to machine learning systems – besides topics I’ve usually worked on. To get some idea about the research we plan to do, see this pre-print (currently under submission).

To see the lists of funded projects in natural sciences and engineering, follow these links: and Three applications from the Computer Science department at the University of Helsinki were successful.


May 30, 2019

Last week, I visited the EU Commission’s JRC Seville, where Carlos Castillo and I presented our ongoing work on algorithmic fairness.

A preliminary version of our work is posted on arXiv:
Affirmative Action Policies for Top-k Candidates Selection, With an Application to the Design of Policies for University Admissions, by M. Mathioudakis, C. Castillo, G. Barnabo, S. Celis


October 18, 2018

I acted as examiner to 6 PhD defenses at the University of Pisa. Thanks to Prof. Paolo Ferragina for the hospitality!

Video for ‘Crazy World’ event

These days, the University of Helsinki Think Corner (Tiedekulma) is organizing “Crazy World” discussion events that deal with international relations, world leaders and authoritarianism, economy 10 years after Lehman Brothers, world religions and Russia. (Link to event description)

Toni Rönni, one of the organizers of the events, asked me to say a few words about ‘social media and echo chambers’ and our recent research that appeared at the Web Conference (for the paper, follow this ACM Link).

Here is the video.