Alkida Balliu is a Ph.D. student at Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI).

Born and raised in Tirana, Albania, she obtained her BSc and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Bologna.
During her master’s degree thesis work, she has been part of a research project on Complex Systems, leaded by professor Ozalp Babaoglu. From this work she fulfilled her thesis: “A Multilevel Software Tool for Analyzing Big Data Using R and Hadoop/MapReduce and its Verification through Google Traces”.

Her main interests are in Formal Methods, Algorithms and Complex Systems fields.