Constantinos Daskalakis (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Δασκαλάκης; born 1981) is a Greek Professor at MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and a member of CSAIL. His Ph.D. thesis was awarded the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. Together with Paul Goldberg and Christos Papadimitriou, they received the 2008 Game Theory and Computer Science Prize for their paper "The Complexity of Computing a Nash Equilibrium". He became a tenured Professor at MIT in May 2015.
Prior to joining MIT's faculty he was a postdoctoral researcher in Jennifer Chayes's group at Microsoft Research, New England. And before that he spent four years at UC Berkeley's theory of computation group advised by Christos Papadimitriou. He did his undergraduate studies in Greece at the National Technical University of Athens, at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, where he graduated with the highest grade ever awarded (9.98/10).
Awards and honors
Constantinos Daskalakis has won the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Award from ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) for advancing our understanding of behavior in complex networks of interacting individuals, such as those enabled and created by the Internet. His dissertation, entitled “The Complexity of Nash Equilibria,” provides a novel, algorithmic perspective on Game Theory and the concept of the Nash equilibrium ("The Complexity of Computing a Nash Equilibrium.").