Ismini Lourentzou joined the Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor in Spring 2021.
Her primary research interests are in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, and natural language processing. Lourentzou’s work centers around machine learning challenges related to data — for example, learning with limited imperfect supervision, multimodal representation learning, and sequential decision making.
Her current projects involve self-supervision, interpretability, out-of-distribution detection, and graph adversarial learning.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Lourentzou held the position of research scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center. In 2019, she was recognized with an IBM Invention Achievement Award and was selected to participate in Rising Stars in EECS.
In 2014, she received a Microsoft Azure Research Award.
Lourentzou received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.
She earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in computer science from the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece, and one in business administration from the University of West Attica, Greece (formerly the Technological Educational Institute of Athens).