my_picGeorgios Christou, Ph.D. Computer Science – Director of the Center for Game Studies

Dr. Christou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at European University Cyprus. He received a BS in Cognitive Science with a double major in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in December 1998, a Master’s in Computer Science in May 2001, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2007, both from Tufts University.  His research is concentrated on video game design and evaluation, particularly on social structures in video games. He also works on Games for Health, and on projects that involve Digital Art. His research looks at Player Experience (PX) by examining how each part of the game’s design contributes to the “funness” of the game. The goal is to understand how players choose to play games, why players choose the games and genres they do, and how the players’ relationship with a game evolves and reaches an end. Dr. Christou has received both national and international funding for various research projects, and has published in international journals and conferences. His Ph.D. research was nominated through to the semi-finals of CHI 2007 Student Research Competition. You can find out more about Dr. Christou at his personal website.

kkatzis2Konstantinos Katzis, Ph.D. Computer Engineering

Dr. Katzis received his BEng degree in Computer Systems Engineering and his MSc degree in Radio Systems Engineering from the University of Hull in 2000 and 2001 respectively. In 2001 he became a member of the Communications Research Group at the University of York (UK) were he remained there until the end of September 2006. During these 5 years, Konstantinos has been working towards the development of highly efficient resource allocation techniques as well as handoff techniques optimised for the operation of High Altitude Platform communication systems. His work, involved modelling the 3D platform movements and simulating the effects on the communications. Konstantinos has been involved with various European funded projects related to High Altitude Platforms such as is the: HeliNet (2000-2003) and CAPANINA (2003-2006). Konstantinos has also been involved with a locally funded project that investigated social inclusion and interaction of the elderly when using mobile phone devices. His interests span from Human Computer Interaction hardware platforms and tools and its effect on human behavior. Konstantinos Katzis is now an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of the Computer Science and Engineering at Cyprus College (CY) and he is involved with the academic and research activities.

Spyros Spyrou, Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology

Dr. Spyrou is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the European University Cyprus and Director of the Center for the Study of Childhood and Adolescence. He  is currently also serving as the President of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network.  Spyros’ research interests focus on childhood and youth, identity construction, nationalism, borders, motherhood, immigration, education and ethnography. He is particularly interested in examining issues related to play and work as these relate to representations of childhood and adulthood.

Georgios Stylianou, Ph.D. Computer Science

Dr. Stylianou has received a BSc and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cyprus and Arizona State University, respectively. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at the European University Cyprus. His current research interests include mobile computing, feature extraction, context awareness, spatial positioning and navigation. He has published over 35 research papers in prestigious journals and conferences and holds one patent entitled “Vision Assistance using Mobile Phone”. He has experience from both national and EU research projects while during his academic career he was granted so far over 1 million euros in research projects. He serves as a reviewer in multiple journals and international conferences, serves in the technical committee of several international conferences and co-organized a number of conferences. He is the developer of VisionHunt, a mobile application for the blind and the visually impaired that received several awards including CYEC and UNICA, was nominated as the product of the year and featured in a BBC special documentary.

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Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris, Ph.D. Statistics Education

Dr. Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris is an Associate Professor at the European University Cyprus, and Director of the Research Laboratory in ICT-Enhanced Education.  She has a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education (University of Texas at Austin), an M.Sc. in Statistics (University of Texas at Austin), an M.Sc. in Engineering (University of Texas at Austin), an M.A. in Open and Distance Learning (UK Open University), a B. A. in Mathematics (University of Texas at Austin), and Teacher’s Diploma in Elementary Education (Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus). Her research interests focus on the educational applications of advanced eLearning technologies in Mathematics, Statistics, Science, and Engineering. She has established a respected research record through numerous publications in scholarly international journals, and has been able attract considerable funding from national and international sources.

Tasos Anastassiades, MA Visual Communication

Mr. Anastasiades holds a BA in Graphic and Advertising design and a Masters Degree in Visual communication. In 2000 he started teaching in various private Art Schools and He also founded his own Art School, I.T.OMIC Art Studio. Since 2004 he has been employed by the Cyprus College – European University Cyprus, in the position of Lecturer teaching Graphic Art and Design courses. His Creative Designs involve the exploration of experimental graphic design techniques, illustration, image manipulation, comic book designs and 3d digital modelling. In 2004 he started publishing the “Plastic Comics” magazine, the first comic book created and published by a Greek-Cypriot in Cyprus. Ever since his work has been published and reviewed in many magazines and websites in Cyprus, Greece, Europe and the USA. In 2005 he represented Cyprus at the 1st International Conference for the study of comics organised by the Aegean University and at the Syros Festival of Science Fiction. In 2008 he was a selected participant at the 2nd Annual Exhibition of Young Cypriot Artists. In 2006 and 2009, he won Distinctions for professional artists in the Annual Greek Comic Book Competitions in Greece organized by the magazine “9″ of the Greek newspaper Eleutherotypia and Akto Art & Design University. His visual work was selected and presented at the official European World of Warcraft website gallery. In 2010 he won an Honorary Distinction in the 2nd Annual Public Digital Festival in Greece, was a selected participant at 1st Comic Book Festival in Cyprus and the “32 Posters Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion” exhibition and book publication organised by the Ministry of Education in Cyprus. In 2011 he was a selected at the 5th international biennial in Design and the 2nd Comic Book Festival in Cyprus. You can find more about his visual designs at his personal website.

 Interns for Summer 2013

Elena Soteriou

George Neokleous

George Tziazas

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