Upwork Research

Our Mission

Upwork Research strives to bring new ideas to the world of online work. Our team of scientists lead basic and applied research into the evolving web-based workplace, collaborating with colleagues in academic and startup communities to turn innovative ideas into prototypes for testing and implementation. Their efforts keep Upwork growing and adapting to make it a leader in the new frontier of online work.

The Team

Alya Abbott

Senior Data Scientist

Ioannis Antonellis

Senior Director of Data Science

Aaron Michelony

Senior Data Scientist

Fares Hedayati

Senior Data Scientist

Panagiotis Papadimitriou

Senior Director of Data Science

Emilia Stoica

Senior Data Scientist

Natalie Zayats

Data Scientist

Nima Reyhani

Data Scientist


John Horton

Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at NYU

Ramesh Johari

Associate Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford

Odysseas Tsatalos

CTO of ezhome and co-founder of oDesk

Joe Golden

CEO of Collage.com



Nan Bi, Stanford

Ioannis Karamanlakis, University of Edinburgh

Kostas Kollias, Stanford

Siddharth Kumar, Stanford


Moshe Barach, UC Berkeley

Erik Brinkman, University of Michigan

Alan Malek, UC Berkeley

Aaron Michelony, UCSC


Dana Chandler, MIT

Behzad Golshan, BU

Rishi Gupta, Stanford

Aaron Michelony, UCSC

Kyle Murray, MIT

Dan Russo, Stanford

Vasileios Verroios, Stanford


Panos Ipeirotis, Academic in Residence

Mario Kokkodis, Data Scientist Intern

Behzad Golshan

Vasileios Verroios

Dan Russo

Rishi Gupta

Kyle Murray

Aaron Michelony