The program is 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 and course management staff

Panayiotis Zaphiris


Research Interests: Human Computer Interaction, Social Computing and Inclusive Design with an emphasis on the design of interactive systems for people with disabilities.

Email: pzaphiri-AT-cyprusinteractionlab.com

Website: http:// www.zaphiris.org

David Lamas


Research Interests: Design theory and methodology

Email: david.lamas@tlu.ee

Website: https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Persons/Display/Lamas

Sonia Sousa

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Human Computer Interaction,Technology Enhanced Learning

Email:  scs@tlu.ee

Website: https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Persons/Display/Sonia

Andri Ioannou

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: 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, integration of technology in all levels of education, and use of technology for social change.

Email: andri-AT-cyprusinteractionlab.com

Website: http://andriioannou.weebly.com/

Aekaterini Mavri

Special Teaching Staff

Research Interests: Transfer of learning between education and workplace, Workforce education, Technology enhanced learning, Active learning, User centered design, User interface design, development and evaluation.


Website: http://www.cut.ac.cy/mga/staff/aekaterini.mavri

Antigoni Parmaxi

Special Teaching Staff

Research Interests: Transfer of learning between education and workplace, Workforce education, Technology enhanced learning, Active learning, User centred design, User interface design, development and evaluation.


Website: http://www.cut.ac.cy/mga/staff/aekaterini.mavri

Christina Vasiliou

Research Fellow

Research Interests: Human Computer Interaction, Interface Design, Human Error Understanding, Interactive Touch Design


Website: www.cut.ac.cy/mga/staff/Christina

Alexandros Yeratziotis

Research Fellow

Research Interests: User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, Usability Inspection Methods (UIMs)


Website: http://www.cut.ac.cy/mga/staff/alexis.yeratziotis

Andreas Papallas

Research Interests: Architecture, Urban design, Urban conflicts, Analysing and visualising cities on the basis of ethnic, social and cultural groups.

Email: apapallas-AT-gmail.com

Website: http://www.andreaspapallas.com

Ilja Šmorgun

Lecturer of Interaction Design at Tallinn University

Research Interests: Information Society Technologies,Interactive Media and Knowledge Environments

Email: https://ee.linkedin.com/in/ilja-smorgun

Website: https://ee.linkedin.com/in/ilja-smorgun

Mati Mõttus

Lecturer of Interaction Design at Tallinn University

Research Interests: Hedonic aspects of UX. Specific focus on physiological computing and implicit interactions.

Email: mati@foti.ee

Website: http://mati@foti.ee