Thomas Oikonomou, PhD

Thomas Oikonomou, PhD

Faculty, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering and Computer Science


From 2015 until the beginning of 2020, Thomas Oikonomou was an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the Nazarbayev University.The highlights of his timethereincluded beingtherunner up for the “Best Teacher” award in 2019 as voted by students. Additionally, his publications included several works with students and postdoc researchers as well as with numerous international collaborators.For hisadministrativeservice, hisachievements included working on the “Teaching and Learning Committee” and with the Faculty Senate.

Previous to that work, he conductedtwo research fellowships at the University of Crete from 2012 – 2015 and in 2009 at the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2008, he finished his PhD in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Bioinformatics at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the National Center for Scientific Research in Greece. His PhD thesis earned “The best PhD Thesis Award” for that year. He started his journey in academia with a master’s degree in General Relativity in 2003 from the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena in Germany.

Research Interests

  1. (Non)Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
  2. Symbolic Dynamics and Time Series Analysis
  3. Thermostatistics of Metastable States
  4. Maximum Entropy Principle
  5. Complex Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics
  6. Applications in DNA and Bioinformatics

Selected Publications

  1. A. Bountis, K. Kaloudis, T. Oikonomou, B.M. Manda, C. Skokos, Stability Properties of 1-Dimensional Hamiltonian Lattices with Nonanalytic Potential, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, accepted (2020).
  2. O. Farzadian, T. Oikonomou, M.R.R. Good, M.D. Niry, Entropic analysis of the localization-delocalization transition in one dimensional correlated lattice the localization-delocalization transition in one dimensional correlated lattice, Physica A 545, (2019) 123350.
  3. T. Oikonomou, G.B. Bagci, Rényi entropy yields artificial biases not in the data and incorrect updating due to the finite-size data, Physical Review E 99 , (2019) 032134.
  4. A. Aydin, T. Oikonomou, G.B. Bagci, A. Sisman, “Discrete and Weyl density of states for photons and phonons“, Physica Scripta 94, (2019) 105001.
  5. T. Oikonomou, G.B. Bagci, Misusing the entropy maximization in the jungle of generalized entropies, Physics Letters A 381, (2017) 207.
  6. M. Mattheakis, T. Oikonomou, M.I. Molina, G. P. Tsironis, Phase Transition in Parity-Time Symmetric Active Plasmonic Systems, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, VOL. 22, NO. 5 (2016).
  7. T. Oikonomou, A. Nergis, N. Lazarides, G.P. Tsironis, Stochastic metastability by spontaneous localization, Chaos Solitons & Fractals 69, (2014) 228.
  8. T. Oikonomou, G.B. Bagci, Clausius versus Sackur-Tetrode entropies, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44, (2013) 63.
  9. A. Provata, T. Oikonomou, Power law exponents characterising human DNA, Physical Review E 75, (2007) 056102 .