Panayiotis Zaphiris is a Professor in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, and the Dean of the School of Fine and Applied Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). He is also a member of the CUT senate. He is the co-director of the Cyprus Interaction Research Lab (CIL), a research lab specializing in the study of the interaction of people with technology in various fields. Panayiotis has a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Wayne State University, USA. He also has an MSc in Systems Engineering and a BSc in Electrical Engineering both from University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Before returning to Cyprus he was a Reader at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, School of Informatics of City University London where he founded and was leading the City Interaction Lab (funded by Vodafone Foundation). Before City University, he was a researcher at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University from where he also got his Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). His research interests lie in HCI with an emphasis on inclusive design and social aspects of computing. He is also interested in internet related research (web usability, mathematical modelling of browsing behavior in hierarchical online information systems, online communities, e-learning, web based digital libraries and social network analysis of online human-to human interactions). Dr Zaphiris has participated in a total of 16 funded research projects summing up to over 1.5 million euros. He has published over 190 academic papers in well known academic journals and international conferences. He is also themeditor of 14 books and edited volumes. His publication record includes papers in journals like ACM TOCHI, Interacting with Computers, Behaviour and Information Technology and conferences like ACM CHI and British HCI. He delivered keynote talks, tutorials and organized workshops at international conferences.
Yorgos Zotos is a Professor at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, of CUT. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, an MBA from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA and a Ph.D. from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has taught at Aristotle University and University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Rhode Island University and University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School, USA, and University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Antigoni Parmaxi is a Researcher Associate at the Cyprus Interaction Lab, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), and a Greek language instructor at the Language Centre of CUT. Antigoni received her BA in Classical Studies from the University of Cyprus in 2007 and an MA in Pedagogical Sciences from the same University in 2009. She got her PhD from the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of CUT in 2015. Her PhD focused on the potential of social technologies as instructional tools that support social construction of an artifact by a group of learners.
Andreas Lanitis is currently an Associate Professor, in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology and the coordinator of the Visual Media Computing Research Lab. Dr. Lanitis received the degree of B.Eng in Electronic Engineering (1991) and PhD in Image Processing and Computer Vision (1995), both from the University of Manchester, UK.
Nicolas Tsapatsoulis is an Assistant Professor in the department of communication and internet studies of CUT. He has graduated from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the National Technical University of Athens in 1994 and received his Ph.D degree, in Image Analysis and Synthesis, in 2000 from the same University.
Αngeliki Gazi is an Assistant Professor in the department of communication and internet studies of CUT. She is a psychologist, with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ioannina. She holds a Master’s Degree and PhD on Media Psychology, on the subject of radio and Identity, from the Department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens.
Andri Ioannou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, of CUT and co-director of the Cyprus Interaction Research Lab (CIL). Andri has a PhD in Educational Technology from the University of Connecticut (USA) and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Cyprus.
Despina Michael is an Assistant Professor at the Department Multimedia and Graphic Arts, of CUT and the director of the Microsoft Computer Games and Emerging Technologies Research Lab – GET Lab. She also serves as the coordinator on behalf of the CUT, for the inter-university postgraduate programme MSc in Computer Games and Interactive Technologies.
Fragkiskos Papadopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics of CUT, since January 2011. He received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2002. In 2004 and 2007 he received respectively the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles.
Vasiliki Triga is a Lecturer in the department of communication and internet studies, of CUT. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. From 2007 until 2011 she worked as a senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d) at the University of Zurich. In the past she worked as a temporary Lecturer at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHz).
Michael Sirivianos is a (tenure-track) Lecturer at the department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics of CUT. He holds a PhD from Duke University since 2010. His current research interests are in the fields of security in social networks, trust-aware design of distributed systems, secure device pairing, and large scale data processing.
Herodotos Herodotou is a tenure-track Lecturer in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and Informatics (EECEI) department at the Cyprus University of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University in May 2012. His research interests are in large-scale Data Processing Systems and Database Systems. In particular, his work focuses on ease-of-use, manageability, and automated tuning of both centralized and distributed data-intensive computing systems. In addition, he is interested in applying database techniques in other areas like scientific computing, bioinformatics, and social computing.
Dr. Sotirios P. Chatzis is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Informatics, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. Before joining C.U.T., he served as Senior Researcher with the Center for Computational Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA, and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, London, U.K. He has first-authored more than 60 papers in the most prestigious journals and conferences of his research field. He has served as reviewer of several top-tier venues in Machine Learning, including NIPS, ICCV, and IEEE TNNLS. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. His current research interests include machine learning theory and methodologies with a special focus on nonparametric statistics, hierarchical graphical models, variational inference, latent variable models for data with complex dynamics, and their applications to collaborative filtering, knowledge management, and statistical analysis of multimodal signals. His research is currently supported by the H2020 programme.
Kalliopi-Evangelia Stavroulia is a PhD student at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology. She holds an MSc in the Design and Development of Computer Games and Interactive Technologies from Cyprus University of Technology and University of Cyprus (2016). She also holds a Master of Arts in Education (Education Sciences) with distinction from Roehampton University of London and The Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education-ASPETE (2010). She graduated in 2006 from Panteion University of Athens with a degree in International and European Studies. Her research interests focus on the domain of new technologies and specifically in the use of virtual reality, serious games, simulations in the field of education of any educational level. She has also been involved in research projects on these topics, she has attended and participated at workshops, seminars and conferences and has published her work in conferences related to this specific area.
Vaso Constantinou is a Ph.D. candidate of the Department Multimedia & Graphic Arts at Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). She received a BA in Multimedia and Graphic Arts (2014) and a MA in Interactive Multimedia (2015) both from Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). Her research interests include educational robotics and computational thinking. Furthermore, the integration of technology in education and training including sports/physical education, the use of technology for social change, and media/ICT support for social inclusion. On this basis, she is strongly interested in the design, development and use of technologies and tools that will support, assist and provide access to people, including those with disabilities in the direction of Social Inclusion.
Maria Christofi is currently a PhD student at GET Lab (Microsoft Computer Games and Emerging Technologies Research Lab) at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, of the Cyprus University of Technology. She holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (2014) from the University of Cyprus and a M.Sc. in Design and Development of Computer Games and Interactive Technologies (2015) from the Cyprus University of Technology and the University of Cyprus. Her research interests include virtual reality, video games, and psychology. Specifically she is interested on how virtual reality can be used to treat efficiently psychological disorders like phobias, and she is also studying human behavior in virtual worlds.
Vasilis Manavopoulos, currently a PhD student at the Cyprus University of Technology, department of Communication and Internet Studies under dr V. Triga, holds a degree in Psychology from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, a Master’s degree in Social & Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and a postgraduate diploma in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of St. Andrews. In 2012, he was employed as a research associate by dr. V. Triga in the Cyprus University of Technology studying social movements and new Information and Communication Technologies. His current work revolves around developing analytical methods for data collected through online Voting Advice Applications, mainly regarding the dimensionality of political spaces across Europe. Other research interests include political psychology and the study of hegemony and epistemology, namely the extent to which factors outside the realm of science affect scientific thought. He also has undertaken some extensive volunteer work in the psychiatric asylum of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2006-2007.
Christos Kyrlitsias is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Multimedia & Graphic Arts. His research interests include applications of virtual reality in psychology. He holds a BA in Multimedia and Graphic Arts and an MSc in Design and Development of Computer Games and Interactive Technologies at Cyprus University of Technology. Since 2014, Christos is a Research Associate at Microsoft Computer Games and Emerging Technologies research lab. His interests include video games, virtual reality and interactive applications.
Marco Antonio Rodriguez Flores is a Research Fellow in “Online Social Networks and their Analysis”. He received the degree of BS in Computer Science from the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (2012) in Mexico. From 2012 until 2015 he worked as a research assistant in the Computer Science Department of the same institution. He has research experience in Optimization Problems, Territorial Design and Metaheuristics.