I can apply different methods and strategies for gauging user needs and improving the 'interactive' quality of products.
I am an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia (UVa). My research interests and teaching focus are on Human-Computer Interaction and UX design, and especially finding creative ways to deal with problems that improve the human condition. I am also extremely interested in studying audience interaction and participation, and finding ways to engage the audience both during instruction but also in informal learning spaces. Other research interests include 3D user interfaces and technologies for pedagogical applications that improve the learner experience.
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
2018-Now: Assistant Professor of CS
Teaching HCI and intro CS courses at the University of Virginia
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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