I can apply different methods and strategies for gauging user needs and improving the 'interactive' quality of products.
Currently, I work as a User Experience Design Analyst at Technology-Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) at Virginia Tech. I am also an Adjunct Faculty at the Computer Science Department at Virginia Tech, teaching a course on human-computer interaction and UX design. For my doctoral research, I investigated the learning benefits of audience interaction in virtual environments, mainly in public spaces of informal learning (under the guidance of Dr. Doug Bowman). Other research interests include 3D user interfaces and technologies for educational applications and improving the user experience in learning practices.
MY CAREER PATH
My career path in a nutshell with the most important academic and professional periods.
1990-1995: Studies Part I
BSc in Electrical Engineering at the Technological Institute of Patras, Greece
1996-1997: Higher Degree
MSc in Human-Centered Computer Systems at Sussex University, UK
1999-2011: Professional Career
Worked as an Interactive Systems Developer/Designer in Greece (Foundation of the Hellenic World)
2011-2017: The Quest for Knowledge Continues...
PhD in Computer Science and Applications at Virginia Tech, USA
2017-Now: Know-How Application
Applying UX research in technology-enhanced learning
MY KNOWLEDGE AND SERVICES
My most important talents and knowledge that brought me this far and can get me beyond.
You can browse my detailed Portfolio to find out what kept me busy during the last fifteen years of my life.
I am researching ways in which we can facilitate effective audience interactivity and collaboration in virtual environments, such as 3D games and simulations, for learning purposes. By combining theories and practices from Interaction Design, Virtual Reality, Serious Games, and Contextual Learning I am investigating the educational and entertaining efficacy of social and gaming activities of a large collocated group of students. My motivation is mainly for spaces of informal learning such as museums and science centers.
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