Research

Research Interests

My general research focus is on the general topic of “Inclusive Design and Social Aspects of Computing” and is centred around the Cyprus Interaction Lab activities. More specifically my research interests are:

  • Computer Games and their social and pedagogical dimensions
  • Computer Mediated Communication (CMC)
  • E-learning and sociability around e-learning
  • Design of interactive systems for the elderly and the disabled
  • Cultural issues/differences and the design of interactive systems
  • Participatory Design (especially as it applies to e-learning and design of interactive systems for/with people with special needs)
  • Web Accessibility
  • Computer Aided Language Learning

For a number of years I have been involved with research in the broad area of human computer Interaction. I am especially interested in mathematical models that represent age related differences in browsing hierarchical information systems (eg. the world wide web). E-learning is my second most important research focus, with an emphasis on Computer Assisted Foreign Language Learning (CALL) and web based digital libraries. Finally I have an interest in analyzing/evaluating (especially using techniques like social network analysis) online communities and the social aspects of computing (e.g. as a catalyst in helping solving regional conflicts).

Funded Research Projects

2013 – 2015 Usability and user experience user interface design heuristics for Deaf users

  • Research project supported by the National Research Foundation of South Africa
  • funding Dr Alexis Yeratziotis to conduct research for 2 years at my research lab.
  • Position in the project: Partner
  • Overall project budget:  $33,000

2012 – 2014 Eye-tracking based Methodological framework for optimal distribution of online advertisement locations

  • Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus)
  • Position in the project: Partner (Local Coordinator)
  • Overall project budget: € 149,500

2012 – 2014 Creative Multi-modal Information Spaces for Problem-Based Learning

  • Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus)
  • Position in the project: Partner
  • Overall project budget: € 24,996

2011 – 2013 RESTORE: Computer-Based Restoration of Face Appearing in Icons

  • Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus)
  • Position in the project: Partner
  • Overall project budget: € 136,076

2010 – 2012 Illumination Neutralisation With Application in Tracking

  • Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus)
  • Position in the project: Partner (Local Coordinator)
  • Overall project budget: € 59,964

2010 – 2013 COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

  • Action IC0904 Towards the Integration of Transectorial IT Design and Evaluation (TwinTide)
  • Position in Project:  Cyprus Representative, Member of Management Committee (MC)
  • Overall project budget: € 85,000/year

2009 – 2012 Establishment of an HCI Research Lab

  • Cyprus University of Technology Start Up Grant
  • Position in the project: Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: € 85,000

2008 Evaluating the accessibility of the Royal Opera House website

  • Research project supported by the Royal Opera House, London, UK
  • Position in the project: Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 20,000

2009 – 2011 Information Spaces for Collaborative Creativity

  • Research project supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Position in the project: co-Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 199,983

2008 – 2009 Knowledge Transfer fund for the City Interaction Lab

  • Funded by City University London
  • Position in the project: co-Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 25,092

2008 Use of eye-tracking technologies and methods to explore the usability and learner experience of Multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) e.g. Second Life

  • Research project supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Position in the project: Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 14,861

2008 Workshop on the topic of 3D Virtual Worlds and Social Learning

  • Funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Position in the project: Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 5,000

2008 User Interfaces, Social Software Technologies and Learning Experience

  • Research project supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC/EMERGE)
  • Position in the project: Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 13,215

2008 Social Learning in Virtual Worlds

  • Organizing a research seminar as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences
  • Funded by the the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Position in the project: Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 2,000

2006 – 2007 Mathematical modelling of age-related differences in web browsing

  • Research project supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Position in the project: Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 41,317

2007 Users and Innovation: Personalising Technologies

  • Research project supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Position in the project: Partner
  • Overall project budget: £ 5,000

2006 Personalisation of learning: constructing an interdisciplinary research space

  • Research project supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Position in the project: co-Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 57,644

2006 – 2009 Establishing The City Interaction Lab

  • Funded by the Vodafone Foundation
  • Position in the project: co-Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 50,000

2003 – 2004 Information Visualisation Foundation Study

  • Research project supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Position in the project: Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 44,967

2003 An in-depth study of the current state of web accessibility

  • Research project supported by the Disability Rights Commission UK
  • Position in the project: co-Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 112,000

2002 – 2003 Usability Studies for JISC Services and Information Environment

  • Research project supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Position in the project: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: £ 33,483

1996– 2009 Establishing an e-learning portal for Cyprus

  • Funded by the Cyprus Government
  • Position in the project: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Overall project budget: $ 150,000

Supervision of Ph.D Students:

Graduated PhD Students (As first supervisor)

Dr. Helena Sustar

  • Thesis: Sustar, H. (2011) Older People as Equal Partners in the Creative Design of Digital Devices. PhD Thesis. Centre for HCI Design, City University London, UK.
  • Funded through a City University studentship (funding:~ £45,000)
  • Currently: post-doctoral Researcher, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Dr. Ulrike Pfeil

  • Thesis: Pfeil, U. (2010) Studying online support communities: Investigating network patterns and characteristics of social support. PhD Thesis. Centre for HCI Design, City University London, UK.
  • Funded through a City University studentship (funding:~ £45,000)
  • Currently: post-doctoral Researcher, University of Konstanz, Germany

Dr. Areej Al-Wabil

  • Thesis: Al-Wabil, A. (2009) Investigating dyslexic scan paths in the visual search of web navigation structures. PhD Thesis. Centre for HCI Design, City University London, UK.
  • Funded through a Saudi Ministry of Higher Education scholarship (funding:~ £30,000)
  • Currently: Assistant professor, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Chee Siang Ang

  • Thesis: Ang, C.S. (2007) Social Interactions of Computer Games: An Activity Framework. PhD Thesis. Centre for HCI Design, City University London, UK.
  • Funded through a City University studentship (funding:~ £45,000)
  • Currently: Lecturer at School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent

Dr. Andrew Laghos

  • Thesis: Laghos, A. (2007). Assessing the Evolution of Social Networks in e-Learning. PhD Thesis. Centre for HCI Design, City University London, UK.
  • Currently: Lecturer at Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Dr. Dean Mohamedally

  • Thesis: Mohamedally, D. (2006). Constructionism through Mobile Interactive Knowledge Elicitation (MIKE) in Human-Computer Interaction. PhD Thesis. Centre for HCI Design, City University London, UK.
  • Funded through an EPSRC scholarship (funding:~ £45,000)
  • Currently: Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL, UK

Current PhD Students (As first supervisor)

Antigoni Parmaxi (2010 – now)

  • Thesis topic: Computer assisted language learning: developing a theoretical and methodological framework for achieving social constructionism via social technology within cultural scenarios
  • Student completed successfully the comprehensive exam stage

Stelios Kyriakou (2011 – now)

  • Thesis topic: Studying online support communities: A discourse analysis of social support
  • Student completed successfully the comprehensive exam stage

Thomas Photiadis (2011 – now)

  • Thesis topic: Aesthetic Experience in designing 3D representations
  • Student completed successfully the comprehensive exam stage

I am also part of the advisory committee for a number of other PhD students at our department.

<p”>Examination of Ph.D Students:

I acted as an external examiner for the viva of 4 PhD students (Reading University, University of Manchester, The University of Melbourne, Czech Technical University).

Supervision of Master and Bachelor level Thesis:

In the last 11 years I supervised over 70 Master and over 50 Bachelor thesis on topics related to my research interests. Some led to high impact journal and conference publications.

Research Lab Founder and Coordination

In 2011 I establish and since then manage the Cyprus Interaction research Lab (http://www.cyprusinteractionlab.com). The lab was the first and still the only research lab in Cyprus specializing in the areas of Human Computer Interaction in Cyprus.  The lab currently has 10 members: 2 academic staff (me and Dr. Andri Ioannou), one teaching staff (Keti Mavri),  three post-docs (Dr. Fernando Loizidis, Dr. Eleni Michaelidou and Dr. Alexis Yeratziotis) and six PhD/Researchers (Christina Vasiliou, Thomas Photiadis, Antigoni Parmaxi, Stelios Kyriakou, Iosif Kartapanis, Theodoros Sourmelis).

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