Chara Podimata

PhD Student in Computer Science at Harvard University

Harvard University, Maxwell Dworkin 242, 33 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA 02138


I'm a PhD student in the EconCS group at Harvard University, where I am advised by Professor Yiling Chen. My research interests lie mostly on the intersection of Theoretical Computer Science, Economics and Machine Learning and specifically on learning under the presence of strategic agents, online learning and mechanism design.

Before joining Harvard, I was an intern for Google in Athens, Greece. I received my BSc degree from National Technical University of Athens, where I was advised by Professor Dimitris Fotakis.

You can find my CV here [Last update June 2018].

My birthname is Charikleia Podimata, but I go by Chara. To pronounce my name correctly: Ha (as in Harlem) and ra (as in rabbit).

  • [June 2018] Our paper Strategyproof Linear Regression in High Dimensions was among the 5 shortlisted papers for the Best Paper Award at EC ' 18!
  • [April 2018] Two papers accepted in EC '18! Strategyproof Linear Regression in High Dimensions and Learning to Bid Without Knowing your Value.





3 Cats and 1 Dog

I love all animals, but I have a special bond with cats and dogs.

Below I have some photos of our three cats, Nala (the ginger), Jacob (the white) and Ares (the white and grey)!

They are all rescued cats! We rescued Nala when she was 30 days old in Lefkada, Greece. We adopted Jacob when he was 28 days old. Nala is years old and Jacob is . My mom rescued Ares in Volos, Greece, when he was 8 months old. He's now years old!

You will also find photos of the star of the last slide of my presentations, Turing! We rescued Turing from a national road in Crete, when he was around 2 months old. He's now years old! In case you're wondering, he's a Cretan Hound (and he's a very good boy!).

Special thanks to Sophie Spatharioti for helping create this page!