Dimitris Fouskakis was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. He received his Bachelor degree in Mathematics at the University of Athens (1991-1995) and then he obtained a Masters degree in Computational Statistics (1995-1996), followed by a PhD in Statistics (1997-2001) from Bath University in the UK. After graduating, he worked as a research associate within the Department of Community Based Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, UK and then within the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Athens Medical School, Greece. In 2004 he was appointed Lecturer in Statistics at the National Technical University of Athens; in 2009 he was promoted to an Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics and in 2014 he was promoted to an Associate Professor of Applied Statistics. Since 2020 he is a Professor of Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematics, at the National Technical University of Athens. Currently he is also the Program Chair of the Objective Bayes Section of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.
His primary research interests include the areas of Bayesian variable as well as model selection, objective Bayes methods, MCMC algorithms, prior specification, stochastic optimization algorithms, Bayesian methods for institutional quality assessment, Bayesian decision theory, statistical disclosure control, data confidentiality, biostatistics and epidemiology. He has published 35 papers in peer reviewed statistical and medical/epidemiology journals, a number of which have been highly cited. Many of his publications are in the top journals in statistics (Journal of the American Statistics Association, Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C and Bayesian Analysis), one in a top epidemiology journal (American Journal of Epidemiology) and also he has published in two of the top statistical computation journals (Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics and Statistics and Computing).
He has given numerous conference presentations and invited lectures, and he is an active referee for several journals in the area of statistics. He has collaborated on research projects with various universities and has organized five international conferences/workshops with great success. During the summer of 2006 he was appointed Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, at the University of California in Santa Cruz and from July 2011 till July 2012 he was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Also, he has visited the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and for the last seven years he is visiting annually (for a month) the Department of Statistics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan in order to teach an undergraduate course on data analysis using R. Finally, he has visited twice, for a month, in 2016 and 2019, the Department of Statistical Sciences, Sapienza Università di Roma, in Rome, in order to teach an intensive postgraduate course in Bayesian Modelling. Finally, during the last 8 years he is teaching Advance Quantitative Methods, for the MBA program at the Hellenic Open University.
He is the author of a book on Data Analysis with R (in Greek) and the co-author of an undergraduate textbook in Statistical Theory and Applications (in Greek). He has taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Statistics and Probability in Greece and abroad and he has supervised many Last Year Undergraduate Diplomas and Master Projects and two PhD Theses. He is a member of the International Society of Bayesian Statistics and of the Greek Statistical Institute.