Yannis Velegrakis is a faculty member of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Trento and the director of the Data Management Group. He is also the coordinator of the Data and Knowledge Management Research Program at the University of Trento.

His research area of expertise includes Social Data Analysis, Knowledge Discovery, Big Data Management & Analytics, Information Integration & Data Exchange, and Keyword Searching.

He holds a PhD degree from the University of Toronto and a MSc. and BSc. degree from the University of Crete, all in Computer Science. Before joining the University of Trento, he was a researcher at the AT&T Research Labs. He has spent time as a visitor at the IBM Almaden Research Center, the Center of Advanced Studies of the IBM Toronto Lab, and the University of California, Santa-Cruz. He has served in program committees of many national and international conferences and has been a reviewer for numerous international journals. In 2013, he served as the general chair of VLDB.