Faculty

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 Staff

Panayiotis Zaphiris

Professor

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

Professor

Professor of Interaction Design at Tallinn University’s School of Digital Technology, David received his PhD on Human-Computer Interaction in 1998 at the University of Portsmouth in United Kingdom. He 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.

David’s main research interest is design theory and methodology. He heads the academic area of Human-Computer Interaction and a Master’s on Human-Computer Interaction. He is also an active supervisor currently mentoring one post-doc researcher, and tutoring nine doctoral students. David’s teaching duties include, among other, a master level course on Theoretical Foundations of HCI and a doctoral level course on Research Trends in HCI.

He participated in R&D projects such as the LLP KA3 funded CoCreat (leading the local team), an FP7 funded Learning Layers (as a team member) the ETAG funded LearnMix (as Principal Investigator), a project with a strong emphasis on distributed user interfaces, and a NordPlus funded Collective Dreaming, a project on end-user design. He successfully co-submitted three COST Action proposals where HCI and Interaction Design play a significant role.

David is an active member of ACM SIGCHI and IEEE’s Computer Society. David chairs the local ACM SIGCHI chapter promoting the field in Estonian society since 2011. Together with industry partners, he organises Estonia’s yearly World Usability Day and Global Accessibility Awareness Day events, which regularly brings together over 300 participants, and he also promotes bi-monthly events specially designed to bring HCI to the fore.

He also actively participates in cooperation projects in developing countries. David lead the team setting-up the first university in Cape Verde, and was part of the team kick-starting a university in central Mozambique. Currently he is actively involved in deploying the first Masters in Software Engineering in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he also acts as a consultant for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and USAID.

Sonia Sousa

Associate Professor

Associate Professor and Researcher of Interaction Design at Tallinn University’s School of Digital Technology. Sónia received her Ph.D. in 2006 at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and her Doctor degree accreditation by Aveiro University, Portugal, in 2007. Meanwhile, concluded her post-doc projects at Aberta University and Tallinn University. Since 2003 she has been focusing on exploring the role of Trust in technologically enhanced contexts. Publishing more than 32 research articles the past 5 years, most of them as an independent researcher. Currently, Sónia actively researches, teach and supervises at Tallinn University. Her research duties focus mainly on her Trust socio-technical model and Human-computer Interaction. She also co-supervises, two doctoral projects on Human-Computer Interaction.
Since 2005, successfully mentors Master thesis projects and, since 2015 supervises doctoral project applications. Sónia’s teaching duties in the past 5 years include Master level courses on HCI and interaction Design (e.g. Human-Centered Computer, User Experience evaluation, and End User Computer, Trustful computing, and Designing for User Engagement). She also leads a join online MSc master on Interaction Design with Cyprus University of Technology (idmaster.eu). As well the Experimental Interaction Design summer school at TLU: Meanwhile, Sónia successfully participated in four personal funded research projects. Participated as well in teams of EU and locally funded research projects where she could apply her expertise. Mainly addressed issues related to openness, collaboration, and e-participation. She also actively participates in cooperation projects in developing (Afghanistan, Moçambique, Cabo Verde).
Collaborated with the local team in Cape Verde, Praia (6 years) and in Mozambique, Beira (3 years) in teaching, leading and researching activities. Belonging as well to the team selected to set in place Universidade Jean Piaget in those countries.
In Afghanistan, her main contribution is on supervision of Master students and co-supervision of 1 Ph.D. research project.
Since 2001 been author and co-author of pedagogic, didactic, scientific publications, both in English and Portuguese; participation in national and international conferences since 1999.
Her background also includes volunteer work and creative work (mainly 3D graphics and animation). Developed at Michigan State University, USA and Fernando Pessoa University, PT.

Andri Ioannou

PhD Student

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

PhD Student

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.

Email:

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

Antigoni Parmaxi

PhD Student

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.

Email:

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

Email:

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

Alexandros Yeratziotis

Research Fellow

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

Email:-AT-cyprusinteractionlab.com

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

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.

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