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.
User experience design
I can apply different methods and strategies for gauging user needs and improving the 'interactive' quality of products.
I have extensive experience in working for technology-rich museums, creating enjoyable interactive experiences for a diverse audience.
I like combining concepts from design thinking and UX design for enhancing educational & social impact experiences.
I can offer insights and advice on effective ways of engaging a large audience with games and interactive technologies for fun and/or learning.
An exhibition of my photographic and otherwise artistic skills, mostly done for my heart's content.
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.
Our collaboration with Panagiotis was smooth and constructive. Panagiotis was reliable and was able to propose and develop solutions to intricate interaction problems posed by the museum curators as requirements for the educational scenarios of the games.
Maria Roussou makebelieve, Founder
Being responsible, he was extremely committed to the project and highly motivated throughout this intense time period. Panagiotis’ communication skills proved to be effective both working expertly alongside developers and graphic designers and having to regularly liaise with the client and museum curators. Ultimately, his skills, hard work and passion for developing quality multimedia applications and products are displayed in the successful delivery of the project within pressing time limits.
Overall, I am confident that with the zeal, perseverance and assiduity that distinguish him, he has a very strong research potential and will constitute a useful unit in any program or project he is assigned, both as regards his own professional evolution and the program itself.
Thanasis Daradoumis University of the Aegean / Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
In the time that I have been working with Panagiotis, I have witnessed first-hand his intelligence, motivation, work ethic, and critical thinking abilities. His coursework, research work, and job responsibilities have all been carried out with utmost care and excellence. [...] He has demonstrated responsibility and leadership in all these roles.
Doug A. Bowman Center for Human Computer Interaction, Virginia Tech
CONNECT WITH ME
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