The program will be offered by two departments/units that bring together an impressive experience and knowledge in Interaction Design, Human Computer Interaction and Online Learning.

CUT – Cyprus University of Technology and the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts 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 University of Technology was established by law in December 2003, and enrolled its first students in September 2007. It is a new, public, and independent University and has set high values concerning its academic character, research, legal status, organisational and administrative structure. CUT research and academic staff is involved in various research activities, National and European Programmes and Projects. Research programmes cover both internal and external research funding. Even though CUT initiated its research activity very recently, it has already managed to dispose of a significant number of research projects funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and of European research projects funded under the European Research Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), the LIFE Programme, the European Territorial Cooperation Programmes such as Interreg IIIB Archimed, Interreg IVC, MED and other.

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.

MGA 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.

TLU – 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. Research staff of the Institute (25 in total) consists of 14 full-time researchers, 6 software developers, 4 post-doc researchers, some part-time employees and a group of postgraduate students. 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.

The institute has been actively participating in FP6 IST projects Calibrate (calibrate.eun.org) and iCamp (icamp.eu, WP leader), FP7 projects IntelLEO (intelleo.eu, WP leader) and S-Team (WP leader), eContentPlus project iCoper, and several others. Currently, the institute is coordinating FP7 ICT funded large-scale R&D project Learning Layers. TLU Institute of Informatics has established partnerships with leading Estonian software companies (Skype Estonia, Nortal, Eomap, Playtech,

NetGroup), and also with the main open-source based learning technology providers in the Baltic sea region (JukuLab OÜ Estonia, MediaMaisteri OY Finland).

Teaching Staff

Panayiotis Zaphiris

Panayiotis Zaphiris is a Professor in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts. 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. He has worked for a number of years at the Centre for HCI Design of City University London where he reached the rank of Reader in HCI. His research interests are in the area of Human Computer Interaction, Social Computing and Inclusive Design with an emphasis on the design of interactive systems for people with disabilities.

Andri Ioannou

Andri Ioannou is an assistant professor in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts. She has a PhD in Educational Technology from the University of Connecticut (USA) and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Cyprus. Her research interests include the design and evaluation of computer-supported collaborative learning environments, use of technology to support student collaboration, decision making, and knowledge creation in both distant and collocated settings, and integration of technology in all levels of education.

David Ribeiro Lamas

Currently holds an Interaction Design Professorship at Tallinn University where he heads the university’s Interaction Design Laboratory as well as the international master program on Interactive Media and Knowledge Environments. At Tallinn University he also leads and participates in national and international research projects. He also tutors several master and doctoral level students as well as post-doc researchers.

Concluded his post-doc research at Michigan State University as a member of the team developing the Mobile Infosphere at the Media Interfaces & Network Design Laboratory.

Holds a PhD degree in Computer Sciences by Portsmouth University, United Kingdom, and a MSc degree in Computer Sciences by Universidade do Minho, Portugal. Graduated as “Licenciado em Informática/Matemáticas Aplicadas” (Informatics/Applied Mathematics) in 1989 at Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique, Portugal.

Formerly an Associate Professor at Instituto Piaget, Portugal, lecturing post-graduation level seminars and graduation level courses mainly at Universidade Jean Piaget de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) Universidade Jean Piaget de Moçambique (Mozambique) and tutoring master and doctoral level students.

Also has experience in higher education management having held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Universidade Jean Piaget de Cabo Verde as well as the position of Rector at Universidade Jean Piaget de Moçambique, where he was a member of the task force launching some initiatives of Instituto Piaget in Africa.

Ilja Šmorgun

Ilya is currently enrolled in the Tallinn University Information Society Technologies doctoral program with his research focusing on ubiquitous interactions. His research interests include interaction design, ubiquitous computing, and mobile devices.

Ilya holds a BSc degree in Computer Science and a MSc degree in Interactive Media and Knowledge Environments by Tallinn University. He has taught several bachelor and master level courses including Concept Mapping and Prototyping, Mobile Interactions, Experimental Interaction Design, and Usability, Accessibility and User-Centered Design.

Ilya has been working as a usability specialist at the Estonian Information System’s Authority focusing on designing new e-services for the Estonian State Portal eesti.ee as well as conducting usability and accessibility evaluation of existing state developed web sites and e-services. Currently he is working as an analyst in Tallinn University’s Center for Educational Technology.

Sonja Sousa

Arman Arakelyan