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About me

I am a game theorist, a research software developer and a postdoctoral researcher in game theory with a number of publications and a record of securing research funding. I have experience in science communication, this includes delivering invited keynote talks at computer software conferences.

Research interests

  • Game Theory: The iterated prisoner's dilemma, training of strategies, evolutionary dynamics, and emergence of behaviour.
  • Software development: Developing research software and contributing to open source projects.


Postdoctoral Researcher 2020-present

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

  • Member of the Dynamics of Social Behavior group.


  1. 2021: A bibliometric study of research topics, collaboration and centrality in the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma Nikoleta E. Glynatsi and Vincent A. Knight - Humanities and Social Sciences Communications - Preprint

  2. 2020: Using a theory of mind to find best responses to memory-one strategies Nikoleta E. Glynatsi and Vincent A. Knight - Scientific Reports - Preprint

  3. 2018: Reinforcement Learning Produces Dominant Strategies for the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. Marc Harper, Vincent Knight, Martin Jones, Georgios Koutsovoulos, Nikoleta Glynatsi, Owen Campbell - PLOS One - Preprint

  4. 2018: An Evolutionary Game Theoretic Model of Rhino Horn Devaluation. Nikoleta E. Glynatsi, Vincent Knight, Tamsin Lee. Ecological Modelling - Preprint

  5. 2018: Evolution Reinforces Cooperation with the Emergence of Self-Recognition Mechanisms: an empirical study of the Moran process for the iterated Prisoner’s dilemma. Vincent Knight, Marc Harper, Nikoleta E. Glynatsi, Owen Campbell - PLOS ONE - Preprint.

  6. 2016: An open framework for the reproducible study of the Iterated prisoner’s dilemma. Vincent Knight, Owen Campbell, Marc Harper et all - Journal of Open Research Software

Prepared manuscripts

  1. A meta analysis of tournaments and an evaluation of performance in the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. Nikoleta E. Glynatsi and Vincent A. Knight - Preprint

  2. Game Theory and Python: An educational tutorial to game theory and repeated games using Python Nikoleta E. Glynatsi and Vincent A. Knight - Submitted to the Journal of Open Source Education - Available on GitHub

  3. Recognising and evaluating the effectiveness of extortion in the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. Vincent Knight, Marc Harper, Nikoleta E. Glynatsi, Jonathan Gillard - Preprint


  • Continuing Fellowship Funds - £600
  • Student Travel Award for JupyterCon - $3000
  • Cardiff University CUROP Award: Further game theoretic dynamics of Rhino poaching - £2100
  • Student Travel Award of SIAM UKIE Annual Meeting - £80
  • Student Travel Award of SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter - £40
  • Funded to attend Summer School on Network Theory in France approximately - £900
  • EURO bursary for the NATCOR course on Stochastic Modelling - £325
  • Sustainable Software Institute Fellowship - £3000

Software Development



PhD in Game Theory 2016-2020

School of Mathematics, Cardiff University

  • Thesis: Understanding responses to environments for the Prisoner’s Dilemma; A machine learning approach

MSc in Operational Research and Applied Statistics 2015-2016

School of Mathematics, Cardiff University

  • Thesis: The Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma
  • Thesis Mark: 82/100
  • Graduated with: Distinction

BA in Business Planning and Information Systems 2011-2015

School of Management and Economy, Technological Educational Institute of Patras

  • Thesis: Research on the allocation of students in Business Administration Departments
  • Thesis Mark: 10/10
  • GPA: 7.8/10
  • Intership: Registry Office Assistant


  • I won 1st place at the 3 Minute Thesis organised in the Mathematics Department of Cardiff University in 2017.
  • I won 2nd place for a poster presentation at the SIAM UKIE Annual Meeting in 2018.
  • I won 3rd place at the 3 Minute Thesis by the Doctoral Academy of Cardiff University in 2018.
  • I was awarded “Graduate Tutor/Demonstrator of the Year” by the Enriching Student Life Awards of Cardiff University in 2019.
  • I was nominated by the students of the Mathematics Department at Cardiff University for the “Most approachable / friendliest member of staff” in 2019.
  • I was amongst the few selected applicants to present my work at STEM for Britain 2019 which takes place in the Houses of Parliament.


  • Greek: Native
  • English: Fluent

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