About Me

My name is Konstantinos Pelechrinis and I joined the University of Pittsburgh in Fall 2010, where I am an Associate Professor at the School of Computing and Information and I lead the Network Data Science Lab. Prior I received my Phd degree from the Computer Science department at the University of California at Riverside, under the supervision of Prof. Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy. Before joining UCR, I obtained my Diploma degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the National Techincal University of Athens, where I worked with Prof. Vasileios Maglaris at the Network Management and Optimal Design Laboratory.


  • PhD, University of California, Riverside, Computer Science, 2008 - 2010 (Advisor: Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy - GPA: 4.0/4.0)
    PhD Thesis: Security and Performance Considerations in Wireless Networks
  • MSc, University of California, Riverside, Computer Science, 2006-2008 (Advisor: Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy - GPA: 4.0/4.0)
    Master Thesis: Design of a measurement driven anti-jamming system.
  • Diploma, National Technical University of Athens, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2001-2006 (Advisor: Vasileios Maglaris - GPA: 9.42/10.0)
    Dimploma Thesis: Analysis of Intrusion Detection Systems - theoretical aspects and statistical modeling of data fusion algorithms.


My research interest include:

  • Network science
  • Urban informatics
  • Sports analytics

In more detail, my research interestes includes network science and the development of metrics and models for complex systems. I am involved in: (a) developing models and algorithms for intelligent urban services, (b) understanding the social, spatial, temporal and network dynamics of the behavior of people as captured through LBSNs, and (c) studying the effect of LBSNs on bussinesses.

I am also interested in the development of evaluation metrics for sports teams and players, as well as in the theoretical modeling of sports that will allow us understand deeper the game.


  • "CPS: TTP Option: Medium: Building a Smart City Economy and Information Ecosystem to Motivate Pro-Social Transportation Behavior", National Science Foundation - Division of Computer and Network Systems.
  • "Models and Metrics for Composite Socio-Spatial Networks", Army Research Office - Young Investigator award.


I have taught the following classes (material is available only through the University's blackboard):

  • INFSCI 1091, Moneyball 2.0: Winning in Sports with Data (Spring 2018) - Undergraduate
  • INFSCI 1071, Applications of Networks (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013) - Undergraduate
  • TELCOM 2125/INFSCI 2125, Network Science and Analysis (Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016) - Graduate, PhD
  • TELCOM 2121, Network Management (Spring 2011, Spring 2012) - Graduate, MST
  • TELCOM 2310, Computer Networks (Fall 2011) - Graduate, MST/PhD
  • INFSCI 1071/TELCOM 2310, Applications of Networks/Computer Networks (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018) - Cross listed course (BSIS and MST)
  • INFSCI 3350, Doctoral Seminar on Location Based Social Networks (Spring 2012) - Graduate, PhD


  • "CyberTraining: CDL: Security-assured Data Science Workforce Development in Pennsylvania", National Science Foundation - Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
  • "A Curriculum for Security Assured Health Informatics", National Science Foundation - Division of Graduate Education.

Selected Publications

Following is a selected list of publications. A full publication list can be found here, while datasets from these publications can be found here and on my GitHub page with sample scripts as well.

  • Journals:
    • X. Wen, Y. Lin and K. Pelechrinis, "Event Analytics via Discriminant Tensor Factorization"," to appear in Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD).
    • J.B. Colditz, K. Chu, G.E. Switzer, K. Pelechrinis, B.A. Primack, "Online data to contextualize waterpipe tobacco smoking establishments surrounding large US universities". to appear in Health Informatics Journal.
    • A. Fairchild, K. Pelechrinis and M. Kokkodis, "Spatial Analysis of Shots in MLS: A Model for Expected Goals and Fractal Dimensionality", to appear in Journal of Sports Analytics.
    • K. Zhang, K. Pelechrinis, and T. Lappas, "Effects of Promotions on Location-based Social Media: Evidence from Foursquare", International Journal of Electronic Commerce, 22:1, 36-65, DOI: 10.1080/10864415.2018.1396118, 2018.
    • K. Pelechrinis, C. Zacharias, M. Kokkodis and T. Lappas, "Economic Impact and Policy Implications from Urban Shared Transportation: The Case of Pittsburgh’s Shared Bike System", in PLoS ONE 12(8): e0184092. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0184092.
    • S. Kotiloglou, P. Repoussis, T. Lappas and K. Pelechrinis, "Personalized Multi-Period Touristic Tour Recommendations", in Tourism Management 62: 76-88, 2017.
    • K. Pelechrinis and E. Papalexakis, "The Anatomy of American Football: Evidence from 7 Years of NFL Game Data", in PLoS ONE 11(12): e0168716. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168716.
    • E. Papalexakis, B. Hooi, K. Pelechrinis and C. Faloutsos, "Power-Hop: A Pervasive Observation for Real Complex Networks", in PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151027. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0151027.
    • K. Pelechrinis and D. Wei, "VA-index: Quantifying Assortativity Patterns in Networks with Multidimensional Nodal Attributes", in PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146188. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146188.
    • E. Galbrun, K. Pelechrinis and E. Terzi, "Urban Navigation Beyond Shortest Route: The Case of Safe Paths", to appear in Elsevier Information Systems.
    • K. Pelechrinis and P. Krishnamurthy, "Socio-Spatial Affiliation Networks", to appear in Elsevier Computer Communications.
    • J. Ning, S. Singh, K. Pelechrinis, B. Liu, S.V. Krishnamurthy and R. Govindan, "Forensic Analysis of Packet Losses in Wireless Networks", to appear in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.
    • S. Singh, M. Shahbazi, K. Pelechrinis, K. Sundaresan, S. Krishnamurthy and S. Addepalli, "Adaptive Sub-carrier Level Power Allocation in OFDMA Networks", in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2015.
    • K. Pelechrinis, "Matching Patterns in Networks with Multi-Dimensional Attributes: a Machine Learning Approach", in Springer Social Networks Analysis and Mining, DOI 10.1007/s13278-014-0188-2, April 2014.
    • K. Pelechrinis, P. Krishnamurthy and C. Gkantsidis, "Trustworthy Operations in Cellular Networks: The case of PF Scheduler", in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Volume 25, Issue 2, February 2014.
    • Y. Cai, K. Pelechrinis, X. Wang, P. Krishnamurthy and Y. Mo, "Joint Reactive Jammer Detection and Localization in an Enterprise WiFi Network", in Elsevier Computer Netwokrs, Volume 58, Issue 18, December 2013.
    • K. Pelechrinis, V. Zadorozhny, V. Kounev, V. Oleshchuk, M. Anwar and Y. Lin, "Automatic Evaluation of Information Provider Reliability and Expertise", in Springer World Wide Web, Volume 18, Issue 1, 2015.
    • M. Arslan, K. Pelechrinis, I. Broustis, S. V. Krishnamurthy, S. Addepalli and K. Papagiannaki, "ACORN: An Auto-configuration Framework for 802.11n WLANs", in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Volume 21, Issue 3 June 2013.
    • E. Gelal, J. Ning,K. Pelechrinis, T.S.Kim, I.Broustis, S.V.Krishnamurthy and B.Rao, "Topology Control for Effective Interference Cancellation in Multi-User MIMO Networks", in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Volume 21, Issue 2, April 2013.

  • Conferences:
    • X. Wen, Y. Lin and K. Pelechrinis, "PairFac: Event Analytics through Discriminant Tensor Factorization", in ACM CIKM '16, Indianapolis, IN, October, 2016.
    • K. Zhang, J. Xu, M. R. Min, G. Jiang, K. Pelechrinis and H. Zhang, "Automated IT System Failure Prediction: A Deep Learning Approach", in IEEE Big Data 2016, Washington, D.C., December, 2016
    • K. Zhang and K. Pelechrinis,"Do Street Fairs Boost Local Businesses? A Quasi-Experimental Analysis Using Social Network Data", in ECML/PKDD 2016, Riva Del Garda, Italy, September, 2016
    • X. Ge, P. Chrysanthis and K. Pelechrinis,"MPG: Not so Random Exploration of a City", in IEEE MDM 2016, Porto, Portugal, June, 2016
    • K. Zhang, Y.R. Lin and K. Pelechrinis, "EigenTransitions with Hypothesis Testing: The Anatomy of Urban Mobility", in AAAI ICWSM 2016, Cologne, Germany, May, 2016
    • K. Zhang, K. Pelechrinis and T. Lappas, "Analyzing and Modeling Special Offer Campaigns in Location-based Social Networks", in AAAI ICWSM 2015, Oxford, UK, May, 2015.
    • K. Zhang and K. Pelechrinis, "Understanding Spatial Homophily: The Case of Peer Influence and Social Selection", in ACM WWW 2014, Seoul, South Korea, April, 2014.
    • Y. Cai, L. Ciu, K. Pelechrinis, P. Krishnamurthy, M. Weiss and Y. Mo, "Decoupling Trust and Wireless Channel Induced Effects on Collaborative Sensing Attacks", in IEEE DySPAN 2014, McLean, VA, April, 2014.
    • A. Gionis, T. Lappas, K. Pelechrinis, E. Terzi, "Customized Tour Recommendations in Urban Areas", in ACM WSDM 2014, New York, NY, February, 2014.
    • J. Ning, S. Singh, K. Pelechrinis, B. Liu, S.V. Krishnamurthy and R. Govindan, "Forensic Analysis of Packet Losses in Wireless Networks", in IEEE ICNP 2012, Austin, TX, October 2012.
    • M.B. Weiss, P. Krishnamurthy, L.E. Doyle and K. Pelechrinis, "When is Electromagnetic Spectrum Fungible?", in IEEE DySPAN 2012, Bellevue, WA, October 2012.
    • Z. Feng, K. Pelechrinis, S.V. Krishnamurthy, A. Swami, S. Felix Wu and M.P. Singh, "Collaborative Assessment of Functional Reliability in Wireless Networks", in IEEE MASS, Las Vegas, NV, October 2012.
    • K. Pelechrinis and P. Krishnamurthy, "Location Affiliation Networks: Bonding Social and Spatial Information", in ECML/PKDD 2012, Bristol, UK, September 2012.
    • S. Singh, M. Shahbazi, K. Pelechrinis, K. Sundaresan, S. Krishnamurthy and S. Addepalli, "A Case for Adaptive Sub-carrier Level Power Allocation in OFDMA Networks", in ACM MobiHoc 2012, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, June, 2012.


  • "PittSmartLiving: Rethinking Smart Cities". TEDxUniversityOfPittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018.
  • "Winning in Sports with Data and Machine Learning". MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 2018, Boston, MA.
  • "Athlytics: Winning in Sports with Data", with Evangelos Papalexakis. ACM WSDM 2018, Marina Del Rey, CA.
  • "Athlytics: Data Mining and Machine Learning for Sports Analytics", with Ben Alamar and Evangelos Papalexakis. ACM SIGKDD 2017, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • "An Introduction to Computational Urban Science", with Daniele Quercia. International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2016. Washington, DC.
  • "The Web of Cities and Mobility",with Danile Quecia, Anastasios Noulas and Bruno Goncalves. AAAI ICWSM 2016, Cologne, Germany
  • "Integrating and analyzing heterogeneous information: The Case of Urban Informatics". IEEE IRI 2015, San Francisco, CA.
  • "Urban Informatics and the Web", with Daniele Quercia. ACM WWW 2015, Florence, Italy.

Press Coverage



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    • Yifeng Cai (visiting PhD student)
    • Anh Le (MS - co-advised)
    • Dong Wei (MS)

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