She was the founding Director of the Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS) (2014-19) and prior to that was the Head of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (2009-14) at the University of Essex. She obtained her BSc in Informatics from the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Department of Informatics, Greece in 1996 and her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Essex in 2000 working specialising in Artificial Intelligence. She has held an academic position at the University of Essex since 2000 and has held various departmental and University level roles. In 2005, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) by the Higher Education Academy UK for her novel approaches to education and supporting the student experience. In 2016, she was awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science to support the development of skills and research capacity in data science, analytics and artificial intelligence internationally and in developing countries in particular. Her research interests lie in artificial intelligence techniques for complex systems and analysing and modelling structured/unstructured data for a range of applications. Her research has been funded by Research Councils and other organisations (over £8M to date) and she has worked with a range of companies and public sector organisations in data analytics and artificial intelligence related projects. She has published over 130 papers in the field of AI and data science and has delivered keynote talks at international conferences and other events.