Projects


Please visit the Cyprus Interaction Lab Google Scholar profile to view a complete list of the publications of the Cyprus Interaction Lab team. Please visit the Publications page for indicative videos of our work within our research themes.


ERASMUS + KA2: INNOVATIVE TRAINING VIA EMBODIED LEARNING AND MULTI-SENSORY TECHNIQUES FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION [INTELED] 2017-2019

INTELed aims to support special and general education teachers in acquiring knowledge and skills about the use of multi-sensory technology for learning and assessment, for addressing the needs of SEN children in inclusive education contexts. This will be obtained through an innovative training method, driven by theories of embodied cognition, research on embodied learning, and the premise of multi-sensory technologies. The method will be accompanied by evidence of its effectiveness through pilot studies in schools at the four partner-countries. The partners will work on presenting the pedagogical framework, the training model and instructional materials, and the procedures for implementation and evaluation. The project aims to form a sustainable Community of Practice (CoP) around the INTELed method […more]

 


ERASMUS + KA2: ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRY INNOVATIVE TRAINING FOR ENGINEERS [ENGINITE] 2017-2019

ENGINITE (Erasmus + KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training) project aims to develop an innovative vocational training programme which will use synchronous methods aiming to set a higher standard level for engineering training. ENGINITE focuses on the design, development and establishment of a new industrial-oriented postgraduate vocational training programme that aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry and is targeted for graduate and junior engineers by integrating ‘theory’ with ‘practice’ using the Problem Based Learning approach to teaching and learning. […more]

 


H2020 TEAMING: CENTER FOR STEAM EDUCATION RESEARCH, SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND INNOVATION [CSRC] 2017-2018

CSRC – Centre for STEAM Education Research, Science Communication and Innovation – has been qualified in  Phase I of the strategic program “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation – Teaming” of the “HORIZON 2020”. CSRC will focus on the promotion of science communication, teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, through interactive tools. The vision and mission of CSRC are to promote scientific literacy and a responsible research and innovation (RRI) culture that will inspire Cyprus’ citizens, academics and the industry to engage with science and to embrace ICT in STEAM Education and Science Communication.

COST ACTION: FOSTERING KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND PUBLIC SPACES SUPPORTED BY STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THEIR USE AND ATTRACTIVENESS [CYBERPARKS] 2014-2018

CyberParks’ main objective is to create a research platform on the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the production of public open spaces, and their relevance to sustainable urban development. The impacts of this relationship will be explored from social, ecological and urban design perspectives.
CyberParks deals with opportunities and risks ICTs offer to the user, via the appreciation, design and usage of public spaces.

H2020 TEAMING: RESEARCH CENTRE IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA, SMART SYSTEMS AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES [RISE] 2015-2016; 2017-2024

RISE was funded by EU through the TEAMING program of HORIZON 2020. The project aimed at the establishment of an interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyprus to integrate research in the Visual Sciences, Human Factors and Design, and Communications and Artificial Intelligence. The grant awarded was 0.5 million EUR in Phase 1 (2015-2016) for the development of the business plan for the Centre. In Phase 2, the grant awarded was over 30 million EUR (2017-2024) for the establishment of the Centre.

CAPACITY-BUILDING TRAINING ON MIGRATION, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE [CATER]

This EIT-funded Climate-KIC project aims to develop a strategy that factors migration into environmental and development policies, as well as take environmental change into account in comprehensive migration management policies focusing on the city of Limassol as a case study. This will be achieved through the training of migrants and other stakeholders through an ICT environment aiming to build the capacity of policymakers and practitioners in issues of migration, environment and climate change.

H2020 ITN:INNOVATIVE TRAINING NETWORK ON PARTICIPATORY MEMORY PRACTICES [POEM] 2018-2022

The Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network POEM trains future experts for the heritage sector and studies participatory memory practices and digital heritage in Europe. POEM starts in April 2018 with the recruitment of early stage researchers for 13 projects. Two of the 13 projects are being led by the Cyprus University of Technology. The project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie. Participatory memory work is critical to understanding the inclusion of memories across nations and social situation (gender, wealth, education, migration) into institutional memory work and heritage building and […more]

 


MIGRANT INFORMATION CENTRES [miHUB] 2016-2017

Migrant Information Centres (MICs) provide informational and psychosocial support services to migrants in order to support their social inclusion into the local society. The MICs are under co funding by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Republic of Cyprus. The Centers’ service provision includes direct and indirect advocacy on migration, employment, housing, educational opportunities, health care, culture and social inclusion information and so forth. In addition, collaboration is established with relevant governmental organisations and departments, NGOs and voluntary agencies.

 


COST ACTION RATIONING – MISSED CARE: An international and multidimensional problem [RANCARE] 2016-2018

The overall aim of this Action is to facilitate discussion about rationing of nursing care based on a cross-national comparative approach with implications for practice and professional development. This will be achieved by advancing collaboration and networking, and by integrating different disciplines and approaches including nursing, ethics and moral philosophy, health care studies in general, economics and social policy.

 


H2020 RISE: ENHANCING SECURITY AND PRIVACY IN THE SOCIAL WEB [ ENCASE ] 2016-2020

ENCASE is funded by the Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges program. The EU budget amounts to 2.16M Euro. The aim of the ENCASE project is to leverage the latest advances in usable security and privacy to design and implement a browser-based architecture for the protection of minors from malicious actors in online social networks. The overall vision of the project is to provide research and innovation contributions to end-user experience assessment, large scale data processing, machine learning and data mining, and content confidentiality.

 


H2020 TWINNING: NETWORK FOR SOCIAL COMPUTING RESEARCH [NOTRE] 2016-2018

NOTRE is funded (total budget: 1 million euro) by Horizon 2020 Twinning programme – TWINN 2015 – and the duration of the project is 36 months (01/01/2016-31/12/2018). NOTRE aims to develop a network that will strengthen and enhance the research and innovation potential and capability of the newly established Social Computing Research Centre (SCRC) at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) for stimulating scientific excellence and innovation capacity in the area of Social Computing.

 


SEA TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT VALIDATION PROJECT [STM] 2015-2018

EU has decided to contribute with €21 million to the Sea Traffic Management Validation Project, a Motorways of the Sea project. Test beds in Northern Europe and Mediterranean Sea will engage 300 vessels, 10 ports of different sizes and 3 shore centres. These will validate the Sea Traffic Management (STM) concept and pave the way for smooth deployment of new collaborative services previously unknown to sea transport but existing for many years in other transport sectors. […more]

 


LIMASSOL – ONE CITY, THE WHOLE WORLD [TAME] 2016-2017

Considering that collaboration and conflict resolution are socially-mediated and highly reflective processes, the use of multitouch interactive technologies has great potential to demonstrate in this context, as it enables people in conflict to work together. In collaboration with the Limassol Municipality (ΥΕ/ΥΑ/ΤΑΜΕ/02.2015; Limassol – One city, the whole world), the Cyprus Interaction Lab conducts technology enhanced interventions (using interactive tabletops) to promote perspective taking and collaboration in public schools with large number of immigrants.

 


COST ACTION STRENGTHENING EUROPEANS’ CAPABILITIES BY ESTABLISHING THE EUROPEAN LITERACY NETWORK [COST ACTION IS1401] 2014-2016

Through this Action, reading and writing research communities across Europe are joining, integrating their findings, and aligning their agendas so that they can: 1) develop an integrated and inclusive approach to foundational literacy across Europe; 2) devise a comprehensive framework of developmental aspects of literacy and education in a digital world; and 3) further improve literacy technologies. This will be valuable for promoting citizens’ interdependence, participation, and innovation, which are key assets to a united and diverse Europe.

 


COST ACTION PLAY FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES (LUDI) 2013-2016

The “LUDI” COST Action aims at the creation of a novel and autonomous field of research and intervention on play for children with disabilities.The network has three main objectives: a) collecting and systematizing all existing competence and skills: educational researches, clinical initiatives, know-how of resources centers and users’ associations; b) developing new knowledge related to settings, tools and methodologies associated with the play of children with disabilities; c) disseminating the best practices emerging from the joint effort of researchers, practitioners and users. […more]

 


WOMENPOWER [WE-ME] 2014-2015 and ACM WOMEN @ CYPRUS INTERACTION LAB

The Cyprus Interaction Lab is part of the in the ACM-W Cyprus Chapter (see ACM Women @ Cyprus Interaction Lab) which focuses on activities and projects that aim to improve the working and learning environments for women in computing. The WoMEnpower [WE-ME] project was a major funded project under this initiative. The project sought to link women mentors and mentees together through an online community platform. More specifically WE-ME aimed at helping young women to receive support and advice in regards to self-improvement, in order to increase their self-esteem, personal and social power and solidarity. […more]

CRF: CREATIVE MULTIMODAL INFORMATION SPACES FOR PROBLEM BASED LEARNING [INFOSPACES] 2012-2014

An interdisciplinary project funded by the Cyprus Research Foundation (25000 euro) to explore innovative, multimodal learning environments for the support of problem based learning (PBL) in higher education, particularly design education. The project built on the idea that successful PBL implementation depends on both the selection of learning activities and development of appropriate infrastructure, that is, technology-enhanced learning spaces in which the activities can take place. This project developed and delivered a framework comprising the construction of creative, multi-modal information spaces ideal for the implementation of PBL in the university classroom.

 


MULTITOUCH INTERACTIVE TABLETOPS FOR COLLABORATION AND PEACEMAKING [PEACETABLE] 2011-2013

CUT Start-up Grant funded to A.Ioannou as Principal Investigator (40000 euro). This start-up grant funded several small-scale interdisciplinary, exploratory projects in the area of technology-enhanced learning and peacemaking using interactive tabletops.

 


STARTUP GRANT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CYPRUS INTERACTION LAB 2010-2012

CUT Start-up Grant funded to P.Zaphiris as Principal Investigator (80000 euro). This grant aimed at establishing the Cyprus Interaction Lab, purchasing of the required equipment and funding of research assistants for the execution of initial HCI related projects.

 


USABILITY AND USER EXPERIENCE USER INTERFACE DESIGN HEURISTICS FOR DEAF USERS 2013-2014

The aim of the project is to develop a novel usability inspection method that can be applied to measure the usability and user experience of websites that are designed for Deaf users. The usability inspection method will be in the form of a heuristic evaluation that can be used by HCI experts and developers alike. It will be required to understand the unique characteristics of Deaf user interactions with websites and to examine existing web design guidelines and principles for Deaf users. In addition, a process must be applied for developing new heuristics for specific application domains.

 


CRF: EYE-TRACKING BASED METHODOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK FOR OPTIMAL DISTRIBUTION OF ONLINE ADVERTISEMENT LOCATIONS [EYE-ADVERTISING] 2012-2014

The goal of this project is to develop a methodological framework for optimizing the location of online advertisement.  The project will make use of an experimental use of eye-tracking technology for the development of such a methodological framework.  The Cyprus Interaction Lab assists in the scientific use of eye tracking technology and the creation of the methodological framework.

 


ILLUMINATION NEUTRALIZATION WITH APPLICATION IN TRACKING 2010-2012

The main scientific objective of the project is to introduce computer graphics techniques into solving a specific computer vision problem. It will make use of the latest advancements in capturing technology and in graphics illumination algorithms to produce a novel illumination neutralization technique. Objects shall emerge in appearance that is independent from the lighting conditions of the scene. The process shall be optimized in terms of timing constraints to permit its utilization in real-time systems. The system shall be robust eliminating the difficulties imposed by illumination variations.

 


COST ACTION IC1002: MULTILINGUAL AND MULTIFACETED INTERACTIVE INFORMATION ACCESS [MUMIA] 2012-2014

MUMIA coordinates the collaboration between these disciplines, fostering research and technology transfer in these areas and play an important role in the definition of the future of search. To form a common basis for collaboration the domain of patent retrieval has been selected as a use case, as it provides highly sophisticated and information intensive search tasks that have significant economic ramifications. MUMIA explores innovative frameworks to empower the synergies from the disparate research fields of MT/IR/MIIA within the specific context of patent search and other next generation Web applications.

 


COST ACTION TWINTIDE: IC0904 2010-2013

The Action aimed to provide harmonization and leadership currently lacking in this field by bringing together researchers and D&E professionals. Their broad experience of D&E methods deployed in different sectors and disciplines enabled comparison of method applications, assessing transferability of both established and novel approaches. The Action provided young interdisciplinary researchers with systematic training and networking opportunities such as STSMs and Training Schools.