Research and R&D Projects

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

The Centre on Interactive Media and Smart and Emerging Technologies (RISE; http://www.rise.org.cy)  was funded by EU through the TEAMING program of HORIZON 2020. The project aims 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.   

Members of the Cyprus Interaction Lab have an active role in RISE, leading the EdMedia Multidisciplinary Research Group (MRG). The EdMedia MRG is aiming towards applied research and innovation on interactive media, education, and edutainment with emphasis on serious games.

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YICY2020: EIT Climate-KIC & Young Innovators 2020 [2020]

YICY2020 – Climate KIC [Young Innovators 2020 – Climate KIC; January 2020 – December 2020; Grand No: 200491] funded to the Cyprus University of Technology (project coordinator: Dr Stelios Yiatros; CIL Members: Dr Andri Ioannou and Nicoletta Pantela)   under the EIT- European Institute of Technology. The project’s consortium includes the Cyprus University of Technology (Lead Partner), the Cyprus Energy Agency and the Centre for Systems Solutions in Wroclaw- Poland. 

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aiD: aRTIFICIAL iNTELLIGENCE for the Deaf [2019 – 2023]

aiD – H2020-MSCA-RISE-2019 – aRTIFICIAL iNTELLIGENCE for the Deaf was funded to the Social Computing Research Centre – SCRC (members of CIL involved).  The aim of the project is to develop multi-media and high-precision deep learning models for interactive communication with deaf and hard of hearing people and educational material for the implementation of educational programs as well as to improve the language and communication skills of the deaf and hard of hearing students. On the other hand, existing research efforts to tackle the problem of transcribing SL video or generating synthetic SL footage (SL avatar) from text have failed to generate a satisfactory outcome. 

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FeSTEM: Female Empowerment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Higher Education [2019 – 2021]

Female Empowerment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Higher Education [FeSTEM 2019-2021; Grant No: 058407]; Funded to the Social Computing Research Centre (SCRC) and the Cyprus Interaction Lab (A. Parmaxi coordinator) under the scheme ERASMUS+ KA203 – Strategic Partnerships for higher education. The core objective of this 271.788€ project is to promote an innovative method and pedagogy that will allow HE students to use traditional and computationally-rich media to create meaningful, shareable exhibits that will act as mentoring models for encouraging girls and women to remain active in STEM.


Edubots: Best practices of pedagogical chatbots in higher education [2019-2021]

EDUBOTS [ERASMUS+ KA2 Knowledge Alliances;  1/11/2019-31/10/2021]  is coordinated by EdTech Foundry in Norway and RISE CoE (Cyprus Interaction Lab members involved) is a major member of the consortium which also includes distinguished organisations such as the Anna & Hubert Labs, the University of Leeds, the University of Zagreb, the University of Granada, and Riga Technical University. The project aims to document best practices for the use of chatbots in higher education. The project will map the current state of the art and will pilot pedagogical chatbots for education at the partner universities. The project aimed to motivate the implementation of pedagogical chatbots for improving the quality of education in Europe. 

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IRISPHONE-PRO: The ALL inclusive, accessible smart home phone, focused on the promotion of a positive and intuitive lifestyle [2019 – 2021]

IrisPhone-Pro was funded to the Social Computing Research Centre – SCRC (members of CIL involved). The proposed project’s main objective is to design and develop a novel device, the IrisPhone-Pro, a Smart Home Phone ideally suited for tech illiterate and literate seniors that reflects the emerging ageing population. It has an innovative focus on its ease of usability and intuitive interface through behavioral data analytics, which will require thorough research and validation, due to the advanced algorithms that will form a critical part of the unique user interface and experience.

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ERUM: Enhancing Research Understanding through Media [2019 – 2022]

Enhancing Research Understanding through Media [ERUM 2019-2022; Grant No: 051482]; Funded to the University of Vienna – Austria, (A. Ioannou as local coordinator- Social Computing Research Centre – SCRC) under the scheme ERASMUS+ KA203 – Strategic Partnerships for higher education.

The core objectives of this project lie in the quality of information today, between mis- and disinformation or so-called “fake news”. The project aims to: 1) improve the educational offer on the topic of quality of information in higher education and equip students with transversal skills that are necessary for the exercise of democratic citizenship. 2) foster structured collaboration between higher education and media and contribute to the policy discussion about the role of universities and media in the knowledge and information society 3) improve the quality of information with regards to research-based communication.

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INCOGNITO: IdeNtity verifiCatiOn with privacy-preservinG credeNtIals for anonymous access TOnline services [2019 – 2023]

INCOGNITO: deNtity verifiCatiOn with privacy-preservinG credeNtIals for anonymous access TOnline services [INCOGNITO 2019-2023; Grant No: 824015]  was funded to the University of Piraeus Research Center (SCRC and members of CIL involved). under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges Action. The overarching goal of INCOGNITO is to combine state-of-the-art technologies in a platform that will allow users to easily understand what is needed to access online services with respect to their privacy and be able to prove specific attributes of their identity or their whole identity.

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CONCORDIA: Cyber security cOmpeteNCe fOr Research anD InnovAtion [2019 – 2023]

Cyber security cOmpeteNCe fOResearch anD InnovAtion [CONCORDIA 2019-2023; Grant No: 830927] funded to the research institute Cyber Defence (CODE) from the Bundeswehr University Munich, funded to (SCRC and members of CIL involved) under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges Action. 

CONCORDIA aims to interconnect all of Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities. CONCORDIA will establish a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network; such a community of cybersecurity experts from various fields across Europe would be capable of strong collaboration using specific tools and platforms within their network. In addition, it will develop the EU Cybersecurity Research & Innovation (R&I) roadmap over regular public consultation fora to establish technology, socio-economic, legal and privacy directions for Europe.

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POEM: Participatory Memory Practices [2018 – 2022]

Participatory Memory Practices [POEM 2018-2022; Grant No: 764859] funded to the University of Hamburg, (Panayiotis Zaphiris, as local coordinator – Social Computing Research Centre – SCRC) under the European Commission”s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges Action.

The Horizon 2020 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.

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OPENLANG: The OpenLang network [2019 – 2021]

The OpenLang network [OPENLANG 2019-2021; Grant No:] funded to the University of Macedonia, (Panayiotis Zaphiris, as local coordinator – Social Computing Research Centre – SCRC) under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ KA1. 

The aim of the Erasmus KA2 OpenLang project is to develop an Open Language Network to connect and support all Erasmus+ KA1 participants (HE students and staff, VET, Adult, and School education staff, Youth learners, Youth Workers, Youth Entrepreneurs) during their mobilities increasing their language proficiency and also developing their intercultural and digital skills. This project is a collaboration between the Cyprus Interaction Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology -CY, the University of Macedonia – GR (project coordinator), the Open University – UK and PIXEL Associazione Culturale-IT.

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SUGAR: Sustainable Urban Governance through Augmented Reality [2019 – 2020]

The Sustainable Urban Governance through Augmented Reality [SUGAR 2019-2020; Grant No: INTERNATIONAL/USA/0118/0058]; Funded to the Cyprus University of Technology, (Panayiotis Zaphiris, as project coordinator- Social Computing Research Centre – SCRC) under the scheme RESTART 2016-2020: INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION-DUAL TARGETING of the Research Promotion Foundation.

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INTELed: INnovative Training via Embodied Learning and multi-sensory techniques for inclusive Education [2017 – 2019]

Nnovative Trainingvia Embodied Learningand multi-sensory techniques for inclusive EDucation  [INTELed 2017-2019; Grant No: 2017-1-CY01-KA201-026733]; Funded to the Cyprus University of Technology, (Andri Ioannou, as project coordinator – Social Computing Research Centre – SCRC) under the scheme under the scheme ERASMUS+ KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for school education, has been successfully completed. 


More information at: https://www.inteled.org


ENGINITE: ENGineering and INdustry Innovative Training for Engineers via PBL [2017 – 2019]

ENGineering and INdustry Innovative Training for Engineers via PBL [ENGINITE 2017-2019; Grant No: 2017-1-CY01-KA202-026728]; Funded to the Cyprus University of Technology, (Andri Ioannou, as project coordinator – Social Computing Research Centre – SCRC) under the scheme under the scheme ERASMUS+ KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training, has been successfully completed. 

More information at: https://www.enginite.eu/


CAPACITY-BUILDING TRAINING ON MIGRATION, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE [CATER] [2016 – 2017]

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.

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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.


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 regarding self-improvement, in order to increase their self-esteem, personal and social power and solidarity.

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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.


CREATIVE MULTIMODAL INFORMATION SPACES FOR PROBLEM BASED LEARNING [INFOSPACES] [2012 – 2014]

A 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 delivered a practical framework for the construction of creative, multi-modal information spaces ideal for the implementation of PBL in the university classroom. The project revoled into the dissertation work of Dr. Vasiliou.


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.


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.


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.

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