The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is the only state university in Cyprus with permanent faculty members with specialization in HCI and hosts the only dedicated research lab in Cyprus with such a focus, the Cyprus Interaction Lab. CUT’s research and academic staff is involved in various research activities, National and European Programmes and Projects. Within CUT, the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts (MGA) (http://www.cut.ac.cy/mga/) offers a great combination of organisational resources, institutional infrastructure, and research facilities such as high technology classrooms and offices, video conferencing facilities, various types of software, servers and website hosting facilities, and laboratories with cutting-edge technological equipment.
The Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts currently has 15 academic staff and 20 PhD students and researchers with diverse backgrounds in areas related to human computer interaction, computer- supported collaborative learning, multimedia design, 3D animation, visual communication, information design, virtual reality, information seeking and social networks.
Tallinn University (TLU) is the third largest public university in Estonia with 9500 students in 20 institutes and five colleges. The Institute of Informatics, established in 1998 is an interdisciplinary R&D unit within the Institute of Informatics of TLU. Scientific and technological qualifications of the Institute of Informatics’ staff intertwine deep knowledge in educational research, open-source software engineering, and experiences of empirical research in authentic educational and work settings in the field of technology-enhanced learning, competency management, interactive media art, interaction design and Semantic Web technologies. The main research projects in the institute are related with research-based development of the next-generation distributed learning environments involving interoperable social software tools (personal learning environments, e-portfolio, learning object repository and QTI test authoring/delivery tools) and Web services.