The Cyprus Interaction Lab (CIL) of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology is an interdisciplinary research lab which specialises in Educational Technology and Human Computer Interaction. The lab was co-founded in 2011 by Panayiotis Zaphiris and Andri Ioannou and is the first of its kind in Cyprus. Even though it is relatively new, it already stands out with high-quality research and facilities.
We design with people and the community in mind, aiming to produce research with real-world impact. We seek to understand the significant supportive and mediating role of technology in promoting learning, communication and collaboration, social change and inclusion in varied circumstances and contexts. Research at the CIL aims towards theoretical and practical frameworks in three thematic areas:
Thematic areas of CIL research:
- Embodied Play and Learning using Technology
- Interaction Design and Creative Collaboration Spaces
- Inclusive Design and Social Change using Technology
CIL research draws on:
- Constructivist and constructionism pedagogy
- Co-design with educators and stakeholders
- Human-centered design
- Authentic learning environments and real-world settings
CIL aims to become a center of excellence in Learning Technology and HCI. CIL instigates interdisciplinary interaction and promotes collaboration between industry, academia and research organisations. CIL offers the MSc Interaction Design and organizes the HCII Affiliated Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies.
The lab issues an annual newsletter.
The Cyprus Interaction Lab is affiliated with a number of organizations and networks and research communities in Learning Technology and HCI.